Tell U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to Stop Attacking Access to Lifesaving Medicines
Read MSF's Open Letter to President Obama.
Find details on the seven most concerning provisions listed in the Annex of the letter. To read more about the TPP and access to medicines, please visit msfaccess.org/tpp .
Many countries and treatment providers, including Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), rely on affordable quality generic medicines to treat life-threatening diseases. We need to keep prices low so our patients — and millions of others still waiting for treatment in the developing world — can get the medicines they need.
But right now the U.S. government is advocating for trade terms with eleven other Pacific Rim nations that could restrict access to generic medicines, making life-saving treatments unaffordable to millions.
Damaging intellectual property rules in the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) would give pharmaceutical companies longer monopolies over brand name drugs. Companies would be able to charge high prices for longer periods of time. And it would be much harder for generic companies to produce cheaper drugs that are vital to people’s health.
US Trade Representative Michael Froman needs to know that if harmful provisions in the U.S. proposals for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement are not removed before it is finalized, this trade deal will have a real cost in human lives.
We need your help. Tell USTR Michael Froman to protect access to medicines for poor people.
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