[Ip-health] President Obama personally calling leaders in TPP countries, asking for 8 years of test data monopoly for biologic drugs

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Mon Sep 28 11:50:07 PDT 2015

What a champion for big pharma!


Obama Pushes For Flexibility On Key Issues In Calls With TPP Leaders
Posted: September 28, 2015

ATLANTA -- Ahead of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial meeting
here later this week, President Obama has begun calling TPP leaders to
press them for flexibility on specific outstanding issues in the
negotiations, including the term of market exclusivity for biologics
medicines, according to informed sources.

Obama pressed Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on the biologics issue
during a phone call Sunday (Sept. 27), sources said. Chile has generally
taken the position in the TPP negotiations that it does not want to go
beyond the intellectual property (IP) obligations included in the
U.S.-Chile free trade agreement, which does not include commitments on

The U.S. is currently seen as pushing for eight years of biologics market
exclusivity, after compromising at the July ministerial on its earlier
demands for 12 years.

Prior to calling Bachelet, Obama phoned Peruvian President Ollanta Humala
on Sept. 24 and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Sept. 23 to discuss
the TPP negotiations, according to separate White House readouts. Peru is
taking a defensive position on biologics and Mexico on the automotive rules
of origin.

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