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December 18, 2014 - Public Citizen Report: Competition Inhibitors: How Biologics Makers Are Leveraging Political Power to Maintain Monopolies and Keep Prices Sky-High

Read the press release on the report here

December 17, 2014 - Coalition Statement: EU trade secrets directive threat to health, environment, free speech and worker mobility

December 3, 2014 - Press Release: Government Action Needed to Slash Prices for Hepatitis C Treatments
Read the testimony from Public Citizen President Rob Weissman here.

November 17, 2014 - Letter sent to President Ollanta Humala of Peru requesting a compulsory license on the HIV medication atazanavir in Peru

November 17, 2014 - Letter sent to Ministry of Health of Peru requesting a compulsory license on the HIV medication atazanavir in Peru

For older news, visit the Access to Medicines news archive

U.S. Pressure Against Countries' Public Interest Policies


Global Access to Medicines Program Director Peter Maybarduk delivers testimony at USTR's 2014 Special 301 hearing.

Public Citizen Statement on the 2014 Special 301 Report


April 30, 2014

U.S. Chamber, Big Pharma Miss Their Target on India Trade, But U.S. Watch List Still Bullies India, Other Developing Countries Over Health Policies

Statement of Peter Maybarduk, Director, Public Citizen Global Access to Medicines Program

Note: Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual Special 301 Report. The 301 Report places countries on a watch list for practices the U.S. government believes reflect “inadequate” intellectual property (IP) protection, even when these policies safeguard important public interests including health.

The Special 301 Report's watch list is a morally repugnant and unnecessary U.S. government practice, which annually bullies countries for implementing polices that promote access to lifesaving medicines despite serious questions about the legality of such unilateral threats under international law. The 301 watch list should be discontinued in its entirety. Continue reading...

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