[Ip-health] UACT Statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Negotiations

Claire Cassedy claire.cassedy at keionline.org
Fri Oct 9 11:21:20 PDT 2015


UACT Statement on TPP negotiations

October 9, 2015

After reviewing the October 5, 2015 version of the IP Chapter, UACT
concludes the Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement TPP will raise prices for
cancer drugs.

The TPP will require parties to grant patent extensions, monopolies on drug
and vaccines test data, patents on new uses of old drugs, all of which
expand and/or extend drug monopolies, and reduce the space for needed
reforms in national laws.

UACT also notes the process for negotiating the TPP lacked legitimacy
because of the secrecy for the public combined with special access to
information given to drug and medical device companies during the

Australia is claiming the TPP IP Chapter is not subject to the Investor
State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism. This claim should be verified,
since earlier versions of the agreement provided a much narrower protection
from investor actions against governments.

While the TPP focused on expanding intellectual property rights, it also
failed to give attention to innovative approaches to stimulating R&D for
new drugs, vaccines and medical devices that delink R&D costs from product
prices. Such new approaches would ensure the development of needed new
treatments at affordable prices.

UACT calls upon governments to reject the TPP, and refocus the trade
negotiations processes on the public interest. In particular, future
agreements should provide transparency of the negotiating texts, abandon
all efforts to pursue obligations that raise drug prices, and to create new
agreements among governments to increase public sector grants and subsidies
for research that delink R&D costs from product prices. Without such a
redirection we will likely see a world in which cancer treatment becomes a
luxury for the rich.

Contact UACT: tell-me-more at cancerunion.org

About Us: The Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment (UACT) is an
international network of people who share the conviction that cancer
treatment and care should be available everywhere for everyone regardless
of gender, age, nationality, or financial resources. For more information
about UACT, please visit http://cancerunion.org/about.html.

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