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Patents and access to medicine in the US

This New York Times article shows how prescription asthma medication costs $250 a month in the US, because of longer patents and no price regulation, compared with a maximum of $36.10 for prescription medicines in Australia. This could happen here if US pharmaceutical companies succeed in using the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) to extend patents and to prevent governments from regulating medicine prices.

Lateline: Trans-Pacific Partnership could damage Australia

ABC TV program Lateline aired concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) including the potential impact on public health and medicines, as well as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS).

The feature includes an interview with AFTINET's Convener Dr Patricia Ranald and former Trade Minister Richard Marles (now Opposition Trade Spokesperson).

Watch the program or read the transcript here

Rural groups say no to investor rights to sue governments over regulation of gas mining

More than 70 organisations including 54 regional groups ranging from Mirboo in Victoria, to the Cassowary Coast in North Queensland, to Walgett in NSW, in traditional areas of Coalition support, have endorsed a letter to Trade Minister Andrew Robb. They oppose foreign investor rights to sue governments for damages in international tribunals over environmental regulation of coal seam gas mining.

Read the media release.

Read the letter.

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