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TPP revealed to be health threat: Médecins Sans Frontières

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Little by little the truth leaks out about what the TPP is really about. Big pharma stands to profit once again while the people are ripped off with higher prices. Anyone surprised?

 

The ‘fact sheet’ on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement issued today by the Australian Government ignores the serious threat to global health posed by the trade deal, says Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Today the Australian Government issued a ‘myths vs realities’ fact sheet to address ‘misconceptions about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement trade deal currently under negotiation.

Médecins Sans Frontières has warned all 12 countries negotiating the deal that it contains provisions which threaten to keep the prices of medicines higher for longer. It also reduces the potential options governments have to make essential medicines and treatments more accessible to patients, particularly in poorer countries, says MSF.

“The glaring omission from this document is the impact that the TPP will have on populations outside Australia,” says Jon Edwards, Médecins Sans Frontières Australia’s Advocacy Manager.

“The Australian Government has a responsibility not to sign onto an agreement that they suspect will have a negative impact on global health in our region and beyond.

“Currently the TPP, according to recent leaks, contains provisions which will restrict access to healthcare for patients by ensuring drugs and treatments continue to be priced out of reach for many who need them,” says Edwards.

Médecins Sans Frontières says it has several concerns with the text under negotiation including proposals to lower the bar of patentability and mandate the granting of secondary patents for modifications to existing treatments even in the absence of therapeutic benefit for patients (a practice known as patent “evergreening”).

“This would allow existing products which are under patent to have minor changes which don’t have significant health benefits for patients, yet still qualify them for a new extension for the patent,” says Edwards.

The agreement would also impose an unprecedented extended period of exclusivity for clinical data required to prove the safety and efficacy of drugs and vaccines that are biologic products.

“Both provisions would essentially allow big brand name pharmaceutical companies to extend their monopolies and prevent generic competition, making medicines and vaccines more expensive for longer,” says Edwards.

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http://ajp.com.au/news/tpp-revealed-to-be-health-threat-medecins-sans-frontieres/

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Can we suck up to "Big Pharma" any more? Can the TPP get any more scary? What *else* are they hiding in this!@!@!??!?!

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It looks like it goes after intellectual property and copyright violations again. Expect more youtube channels to disappear, especially ones that contain a modicum of truth.....a back door to shut down free speech where any minor infraction, real or trumped up, is subject to a fine. I've also heard that more spying will be allowed by your ISP. The TPP in conjunction with Jade AI software goals and the policing via ISP website tracking will eliminate dissenters from the internet. The scary thing about all the global positioning taking place will be the reallocation of resources, stolen and redistributed by none other than the NWO. It is also interesting that the countries involved are in the ring of fire.

http://www.citizen.org/leaked-trade-negotiation-documents-and-analysis

 

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Another back room deal, just like Obamacare.

We have few champions to go after these secret schemes and bring them where people can see them. Not that the public is interested. They have become so lazy and complacent that the politicos and special interests can get away with murder.

Really, I'm expecting free speech and forums to be shut down any day now.

A black swan in in the wings, very close. Unlike Greece, it will happen in the wink of an eye.

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