[Ip-health] Tuesday AM White House protest: Modi/India, put lives over pharma profits!

Peter Maybarduk pmaybarduk at citizen.org
Mon Jun 6 19:04:59 PDT 2016

For Immediate Release:
June 6, 2016

Contact: Robert Weissman, rweissman at citizen.org, (202) 588-7701
Peter Maybarduk, pmaybarduk at citizen.org, (202) 588-7755
Angela Bradbery, abradbery at citizen.org, (202) 588-7741


Indian Prime Minister Modi to Visit White House, Public Citizen to Join Group Protest Urging India to Put Lives Over Pharma Profits
US Lawmakers and Pharmaceutical Industry Groups May Pressure India to Block Access to Key Medicines for Millions Worldwide

WHAT: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit the White House on Tuesday and address the U.S. Congress later in the week. His visit has drawn the interest of Public Citizen and the international medical humanitarian organizations. Public Citizen will urge India-often referred to as the "pharmacy of the developing world"-to defy pressure from U.S. lawmakers and pharmaceutical industry representatives and protect access to affordable medicines. The protest will occur outside the White House in conjunction with mobile billboards that will circle the District of Columbia during the prime minister's visit.

Millions of families across the globe rely on the low-cost of Indian generic drugs and would be at risk of having their lifelines cut if pharmaceutical lobbying groups influence Prime Minister Modi and change India's intellectual property (IP) policies to favor pharmaceutical monopolies.

Details: PHOTO-OP - The protest will be held outside of Lafayette Park at the White House. 

When: The press conference will begin at 11 a.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. 

Where: Lafayette Square/Lafayette Park, 16th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 


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