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Trade deal will increase health inequities

Press Release – Doctors for Healthy Trade The TPPA is riddled with provisions that will widen already unacceptable health disparities says Dr Erik Monasterio, a spokesperson for Doctors for Healthy Trade. An analysis of the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on health equity …STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, TUESDAY 28 JUNE 2016 Trade deal will increase health inequities “The TPPA is riddled with provisions that will widen already unacceptable health disparities” says Dr Erik Monasterio, a spokesperson for Doctors for Healthy Trade. An analysis of the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on health equity co-authored by Dr Monasterio...

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TPP: Ambiguous provision for medicines a major worry for NZ

Press Release – Doctors for Healthy Trade The delayed publication of the final TPP text on Thursday has raised concerns amongst health experts that the victory Australia and New Zealand have claimed over the US demand to extend monopolies on biologic medicines could be undermined by ambiguities …TPP: Ambiguous provision regarding biologic medicines a major worry for NZ The delayed publication of the final TPP text on Thursday has raised concerns amongst health experts that the victory Australia and New Zealand have claimed over the US demand to extend monopolies on biologic medicines could be undermined by ambiguities in the text. “The actual legal terms of the TPP are what will matter in any dispute that arises, rather than the understandings the trade ministers feel they reached in Atlanta” said Dr Deborah Gleeson, a public health researcher from Australia’s La Trobe University who has been following the TPP negotiations for over four years and has published extensively on the TPP and access to medicines. “The text offers two options: at least eight years of protection of clinical trial data; or at least five years of data protection along with other measures to deliver a comparable outcome in the market” said Dr Gleeson. “This leaves room for the US to continue to pressure countries to use administrative delays to keep affordable medicines off the market for an equivalent period of...

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Will NZ rely on Peru’s position on Medicines in the TPPA?

Press Release – Doctors for Healthy Trade New Zealand seems to have gone into hiding on the cost of medicines said Dr Erik Monasterio, spokesperson for Doctors for Healthy Trade, commenting about the reports on progress on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) today. It …Will New Zealand rely on Peru’s position on Medicines in the TPPA? “New Zealand seems to have gone into hiding on the cost of medicines“ said Dr Erik Monasterio, spokesperson for Doctors for Healthy Trade, commenting about the reports on progress on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) today. “It is totally unclear what the New Zealand position is – other than Prime Minister Key has already promised our drugs will cost us more.” “New Zealand appears to have left the running to others. Sources on the ground in Atlanta report that New Zealand would go along with a new proposal from US and Australia with a ‘regulatory framework’. That’s a new legal weapon alongside data exclusivity and other intellectual property twists. They all have the same effect – delay market competition and keep medicines prices higher for longer.” he said. “But the same sources indicate that Chile and Peru are not convinced by the ‘regulatory framework. They want to stay with a five year data exclusivity system – what we have currently in New Zealand and Australia. We need to hear that New...

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Doctors for Healthy Trade

Press Release – Doctors for Healthy Trade Former Minister of Health and Prime Ministe r Helen Clarks statements today appear totally inconsistent with her responsibility as administrator of the UN Development Programme and her historic legacy of global leadership for health on tobacco control …Doctors for Healthy Trade “Former Minister of Health and Prime Minister Helen Clark’s statements today appear totally inconsistent with her responsibility as administrator of the UN Development Programme and her historic legacy of global leadership for health on tobacco control when she stated it would be ‘unthinkable’ that NZ not be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” says spokesperson for Doctors for Healthy Trade, Dr Joshua Freeman. “The 4th UN Sustainable Development Goal aims to ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all’. Almost top of the list for healthy lives is tobacco control. New Zealand’s world leading approach to smoke-free environments ushered in by Ms Clark would have been unaffordable if the TPPA provision had been in place at the time. Australia has already had to spend $50 million on just the first stage of defending their next step on tobacco control. Healthy lives also need medicines to help cure diseases, and the World Health Organization today announced anti-retroviral medicines should be available to every person infected with HIV/AIDS’. Yet new intellectual property rights in the TPP would delay access to life saving medicines for...

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Doctors concerned at lack of information on TPPA

Press Release – Doctors for Healthy Trade Doctors are calling upon the government to provide more information about the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in response to claims by the Prime Minister that last weekends protesters were misinformed. Doctors, other health professionals, …Doctors concerned at lack of information on TPPA Doctors are calling upon the government to provide more information about the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in response to claims by the Prime Minister that last weekend’s protesters were “misinformed”. Doctors, other health professionals, and their families braved the weather and turned out across the country to express their deep concern at the TPPA. “Our concern over TPPA secrecy is valid. If we are misinformed, then give us full and accurate information” said Dr Erik Monasterio, a Christchurch psychiatrist, speaking for Doctors for Healthy Trade. “Despite the protests of the Trade Minister, there is no good reason for his secrecy over the TPPA. There are very good reasons for more openness. The European equivalent of the TPPA, the Trans Atlanctic Trade and Investment Partnership (the TTIP) is widely available and debated after the European Union Ombudsman ordered the release of parts of the negotiation documents citing strong public interest and rights to know” Dr Monasterio added. Medical concern about the TPPA is very widespread. Supporters of Doctors for Healthy Trade work in all medical specialities right across New...

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