Health experts say don't trade medicines for sugar in TPP talks
July 8, 2015: Recent leaked documents of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations indicate that at the next meeting of Trade Ministers in Hawaii on July 28-31 the US will be still be pushing for 8-12 years data protection for biologics (the next generation of drugs). This might be good for the profits of big US pharma companies but it will make medicines more expensive for Australians.
Michael Moore, the CEO of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) has written to all Federal MPs and Australian State and Territory Health Ministers asking them to intervene in the TPP negotiations to stop tradeoffs on access to medicines for small increases in farm product exports like sugar to the US. Read the full media release here.