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5 November 2015

Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement text released

For more information on the TPP and how it affects human rights, see here.

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21 October 2015

Will the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Live Up to Its Promise? — Session I: Taking Stock of the Issues

Author: Susan Aaronson, Axel Berger, Marjoie Chorlins, Celeste Drake, Fredrik Erixon, Dan Ikenson & Phil Levy, Cato Institute (USA)

What is at stake in these negotiations?  Why are some issues more difficult to resolve than others, and how can compromise be reached?  This panel will identify the low-hanging fruit, the sacred cows, and everything in between to provide a better...

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14 October 2015

USA & 12 Pacific Rim nations agree trade deal, critics warn over impacts on workers & environment

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement between the USA, Japan, and 10 other Pacific Rim nations has been finalised. This deal, the largest trade agreement of its kind to date, will have major implications for the rights of workers and the...

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12 October 2015
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Author: Tharanga Yakupitiyage, IPS Noticias

“TPP es el peor acuerdo comercial, denuncia Médicos Sin Fronteras”, 8 de Octubre de 2015...

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25 June 2015

Pharmaceutical firms create new business models to help improve health in developing countries

Author: Tim Smedley, Guardian (UK)

"Big pharma attempts to cast off bad reputation by targeting the poor", 25 June 2015...

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22 May 2015

Tobacco companies prepare to launch multi-billion compensation claims over UK plain packaging law

Tobacco companies are reportedly preparing to launch legal claims against the British Government for losses as a result of the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes. It is thought the companies will argue that forcing them to use plain...

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10 February 2015

Médecins du Monde challenge patent for Gilead's hepatitis C drug in Europe, seeking lower price

Author: Sarah Boseley, Guardian (UK)

"Doctors challenge hepatitis C drug patent in price protest"...

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22 January 2015

India: Discussions with business leaders at CEO Forum & patent laws among other topics to be discussed during Obama's visit

US President Barack Obama will start a three-day landmark trip to India on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to build on what he has said will be one of the defining relationships of the 21st century. Obama, who is the first US president to be...

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13 January 2015

India spurns Gilead over hepatitis C patent

Author: AMy Kazmin & Andrew Ward, Financial Times

India’s patent controller has rejected a patent application from Gilead Sciences for a key compound for its blockbuster hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, a refusal that activists said would allow Indian companies immediately to start producing cheap generic...

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8 October 2014

India: Health activists fear decreased access to medicines for the poor - as govt reviews intellectual property laws

Health activists, academics, diplomats, scientists, lawyers, public health organizations have raised concerns about government's decision to review India’s position on Intellectual Property laws, strongly cautioning against coercion from the United...

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