TPPA Campaign - Health Media and Resources Page

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This page brings together media reports and resources specifically on the health impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Resources:

Updated chart on US proposals which impact on Health and medicines - March 2012: http://aftinet.org.au/cms/sites/default/files/Chart on US TPPA Proposal Australian Law and Access to Medicines March2012.pdf

Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS): the threat to health, environment and other social regulation.(Paper presented at the Stakeholders Forum, eighth round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, September 10, 2011, Chicago, USA.)

Community Education Leaflet: On 17th February AFTINET released an updated version of our community education leaflet on Health issues in the TPPA. For a copy of the leaflet follow this link.

Follow this link to download a chart outlining the US proposals.

Health Issues Letter to Australian Trade Minister, Dr Emerson.

Doctors Without Borders/Medicines Sans Frontiers: Issues Paper on the TPPA: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/press/2011/MSF-TPP-Issue-Brief.pdf

Copy of Leaked US Text on Intellectual Property Rights is available from: http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/blog/2011/10/22/leaked-trans-pacific-fta-texts-reveal-u-s-undermining-access-to-medicine/


Media Reports:

Media Releases:

11 November 2011 - Pacific Trade Pact misses APEC deadline as community groups slam US proposals on medicines and corporate rights - For a full copy of the media release follow this link.

25 October 2011 - AFTINET & PHAA Joint Media Release - United States Undermines Access To Medicines in Australia & Pacific.

31 August 2011 - AFTINET TPPA Health Impacts Media Release.

Media Reports on Melbourne Round of Negotiations:

The Conversation: 20 March 2012, 6.15am AEST.
Australia should defend neighbours in Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations - by Dr Deborah Gleeson.
From: https://theconversation.edu.au/australia-should-defend-neighbours-in-trans-pacific-partnership-negotiations-5902

ABC Radio Australia: 9 March 2012, 22:51.
TPP Negotiators say FTA won’t harm healthcare – host Karon Snowden
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/onairhighlights/tpp-negotiators-say-fta-wont-harm-healthcare?autoplay=423330

The Conversation: 8 March 2012, 3.00pm AEST.
Why Australia’s medicine cabinet is almost bare – by Simon Quilty
http://theconversation.edu.au/why-australias-medicine-cabinet-is-almost-bare-5761

Australian Doctor: 6 March 2012.
Fear of drug price hikes with trade plans - by Alex Hayes
http://www.australiandoctor.com.au/news/fear-of-drug-price-hikes-under-free-trade-plans

Community Radio "The Wire": 6 March 2012
ISDS, tobacco plain packaging and access to medicines – host Melissa Lahoud.
http://www.thewire.org.au/storyDetail.aspx?ID=8883

ABC Radio National Breakfast show: 6 March 2012.
US pressuring Pacific countries to agree to intellectual property policies which could restrict access to generic drugs
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/2012-03-06/3870570

Canberra Times (oped): 5 March 2012.
Australia must fight for cheap life-saving medicines – by Kelly Nicholls
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/opinion/australia-must-fight-for-cheap-lifesaving-medicines-20120304-1uarv.html

SBS Radio World News Program: 5 March 2012.
Concern over trade agreement effects on medicines – by Murray Silby
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/naca/radionews/episode/205889/Concern-over-trade-agreement-effects-on-medicines

The Age: 3 March 2012.
Dr David Legge’s letter on TPP to The Age:
http://www.theage.com.au/national/letters/beware-the-treaty-negotiated-in-secret-20120302-1u8j7.html

ABC Radio The World Today: 1 March 2012, 18:00.
PM urged to block US on intellectual property rights – by Eleanor Hall
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-01/pm-urged-to-block-us-on-intellectual-property/3862730

Medical Search: 1 March 2012
NGOs call on govt to prioritise access to generic drugs - by Public Health Association of Australia.
http://www.medicalsearch.com.au/News/NGOs-call-on-govt-to-prioritise-access-to-generic-drugs-58099

Medical Journal of Australia, 196: 1-3.
Challenges to Australia's national health policy from trade and investment agreements - by Gleeson D, Tienhaara K and Faunce T (2012)
https://www.mja.com.au/sites/default/files/issues/196_05_190312/gle11635_fm.pdf

ABC Radio, World Today: 1 March 2012.
PM Urged to block US on intellectual property rights – host Eleanor Hall, reporter Anna MacDonald interviews Rob Lake about criticisms of the TPPA because of its threat to affordable medicine for people with HIV / Aids.
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2012/s3443359.htm

Sydney Morning Herald – 25 February 2012.
Health groups gasp over tobacco show plans - by Mark Metherell
http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/health-groups-gasp-over-tobacco-show-plans-20120224-1tudv.html 

Media on Leaked US Intellectual Property Rights Text:

Opinion Piece, 26/10/2011, on leaked US IP proposals impacting on access to Medicines and Health: http://www.crikey.com.au/2011/10/26/us-proposals-give-big-pharma-more-power-over-patents-prices/

or if you don't subscribe to Crikey follow this link: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2011/opinion/trans-pacific-partnership-agreements

Also now on the Croakey Blog site: http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2011/10/27/us-wants-to-give-pharma-more-power-over-our-medicines-policy/

TPPA Plain Packaging Media Reports:

Media Report, 16/09/2011, on Australian Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, attendance at the UN summit on Chronic Diseases, from Sydney Morning Herald: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/roxon-to-talk-tough-on-tobacco-at-un-20110916-1kcwf.html

Speech, 19/09/2011, by Australian Health Minister, Nicola Roxon, attendance at the UN summit on Chronic Deceases, from Minister of Health website: http://www.health.gov.au/internet/ministers/publishing.nsf/Content/EBF8A5ABB7DBD92ECA257910007DCFAC/$File/nr189.pdf 

Media Reports resulting from the Launch on 1st September 2011 of AFTINET's "Don't Trade Away health" leaflet:

New trade agreement threatens Australia’s laws on medicines and tobacco
http://blogs.crikey.com.au/croakey/2011/09/01/new-trade-agreement-threatens-australias-laws-on-medicines-and-tobacco/#more-6176

Patent talks lift fear of drugs price rise
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/national/national/general/patent-talks-lift-fear-of-drugs-price-rise/2278634.aspx

TPPA Chicago Negotiating Round Health Media Reports:

Media Release, 08/09/2011, from medicines Sans Frontier and Doctors without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/press/release.cfm?id=5519&cat=press-release&ref=home-sidebar-right

Media Report, 12/09/2011, on New Zealand US Council views in National Business Review (New Zealand): http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/steady-progress-tpp-says-jacobi-cw-100380

Media Report, 12/09/2011, on US White paper on Medicines from AAP: http://aap.newscentre.com.au/cpsunat/110914/library/free_trade/26645613....

Media Report, 12/09/2011, on the threat to generic medicines from the TPPA, from News Medical: http://www.news-medical.net/news/20110912/Access-to-lifesaving-generic-medicines-threatened-by-US-trade-pact.aspx

Media Report, 12/09/2011, on calls from health groups to ban both alcohol and tobacco from the TPPA from New Zealand Herald:  http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/call-bar-alcohol-and-tobacco-tpp-cw-100374

Media Report, 13/09/2011, from New Zealand Union – the National Distribution Union on US White Paper on Medicines from Yahoo News: http://au.news.yahoo.com/queensland/a/-/latest/10248464/us-white-paper-on-medicines-window-dressing/

Media Report, 13/09/2011, on International Civil Society views of US White Paper on Medicines from Voxy (New Zealand): http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/us-white-paper-medicines-window-dressing/5/101280

Media Release, 13/09/2011, by Dr Jane Kelsey on US White Paper on Medicines from Scoop (New Zealand): http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1109/S00188/us-white-paper-on-medicines-issued-at-tppa-talks-in-chicago.htm

Media Report, 13/09/2011, on US White Paper on Medicines from Trading Room: http://www.tradingroom.com.au/apps/view_breaking_news_article.ac?page=/data/news_research/published/2011/9/256/catf_110913_090200_9553.html

Media Report, 13/09/2011, on US White Paper on Medicines from New Zealand Herald: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10751470

Blog Piece, 13/09/2011, by Rashmi Rangnath asking if the stakeholder meetings in Chicago were simply lip service: http://www.publicknowledge.org/blog/was-tpp-stakeholders-forum-just-lip-service

Commentary, 14/09/2011, on US White Paper on Medicines from Intellectual Property Watch (IP-Watch): http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/2011/09/14/ustr-white-paper-on-trade-in-medicines-raises-questions/

Media Report, 14/09/2011, on current state of negotiations from the perspective of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions from Voxy (New Zealand): http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/tppa-talks-show-signs-mounting-conflicts-ctu/5/101351

Media Release, 14/09/2011, from the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions from Business Scoop (New Zealand): http://business.scoop.co.nz/2011/09/14/tppa-more-movement-on-customs-queues-than-dairy-exports/

Media report, 14/09/2011, on US delays in presenting text on sensitive topics in the TPPA from Reuters: http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFS1E78D1YP20110914

Media Opinion Piece, 15/09/2011, on the risks to health from trade agreements by Dr David Legge and Dr Deborah Gleeson in the Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/public-health-at-risk-in-trade-talks-20110914-1k94z.html

Blog Piece, 15/09/2011, by Sharon Treat asking why the US is negotiating to reduce access to affordable medicines: http://sharon-treat.blogspot.com/2011/09/why-is-us-government-negotiating-trade.html

Blog Piece, 16/09/2011, by Dr Deborah Gleeson about undermining access to medicines in trade negotiations: http://theconversation.edu.au/trade-talks-set-to-undermine-access-to-medicines-for-the-worlds-poor-3392

Media Report, 16/09/2011, on Health group opposition to threats posed in the TPPA on tobacco and medicines from the Centre fro Policy Development: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/09/16/3915142/health-groups-oppose-threats-on.html

Media Report, 16/09/2011, on the conclusion of the TPPA negotiations in Chicago and the controversial aspects from Progress Illinois: http://progressillinois.com/posts/content/2011/09/16/controversial-trans-pacific-trade-free-talks-end  

Corporate opinion piece, 18/09/2011, from big pharma in support of the USTR’s white paper on access to medicines from Securing Pharma: http://www.securingpharma.com/40/articles/1041.php

Media Report, 19/09/2011, about Malaysian Health Minister on Malaysia’s opposition to delays in access to Generic Drugs at the UN summit on Chronic Deceases, from Liow Tiong Lai: http://www.liowtionglai.com/English/ViewPressstatement.aspx?ID=d7350f29-81c8-42ba-902b-a6cae2b4e9d4

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