Tell U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to Stop Attacking Access to Lifesaving Medicines
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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Share these messages on social media and ask your friends and family to contact Michael Froman too! The Office of the United States Trade Representative needs to hear from as many people as possible to ensure our actions have impact.
Send these Tweets @USTradeRep:
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Send these Tweets to your own network:
Tweet Tell @USTradeRep Michael Froman that medicines shouldn't be a luxury! Watch the video & send the letter: http://bit.ly/ZLBmEl #TPP
Tweet Take 2 minutes to understand the dangers of the Trans-Pacific Trade pact - watch this video. http://bit.ly/ZLBmEl #TPP
Tweet An AIDS-free generation is under threat by the US-led Trans-Pacific trade pact. http://bit.ly/ZLBmEl #TPP
Tweet Why is the US pushing to severely restrict access to affordable drugs in developing nations? http://bit.ly/ZLBmEl #TPP
Tweet Unless it's fixed, the Trans-Pacific trade pact will have devastating public health consequences. http://bit.ly/ZLBmEl #TPP
Tweet What is the Trans-Pacific trade pact #TPP and why does MSF want harmful provisions removed? Read this: http://bit.ly/ZLBmEl #TPP
Tweet Tell @USTradeRep not to cut access to affordable medicines most needed in developing countries. http://bit.ly/ZLBmEl #TPP
Tweet US negotiators must drop harmful provisions in the #TPP before it’s too late for poor patients. http://bit.ly/ZLBmEl #TPP
Post this message on your Facebook page:I am sending an email to US Trade Representative Michael Froman to tell him that medicines should not be a luxury. Froman is representing the United States in secret negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement and is pushing other countries to accept measures that would be devastating to people in developing countries. Too many people already suffer and die because the medicines they need are too expensive or do not exist. Tell Froman that you cannot stand by as this proposed agreement threatens to restrict access even further. http://bit.ly/ZLBmEl