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August 14, 2014 - LaRepublica.pe - Sobregasto en medicamentos (en español)

July 17, 2014 - NPR: Evaluating The Benefits And Costs Of Patents (links to npr.org)

July 15, 2014 - Livemint: Bombay HC upholds Nexavar compulsory licensing decision (links to livemint.com)

July 14, 2014 - MSF: TPP: Still a Terrible Deal for Poor People's Health(links to huffingtonpost.com)

July 7, 2014 - Op-ed: The TPP could be a blow to public health (links to ottawacitizen.com)

June 25, 2014 - Video of Global Access to Medicines Program Director Peter Maybarduk's presentation at the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue event on IP in TAFTA

June 23, 2014 - Videos, summaries, photos and more from the June 5 briefing on the Eli Lilly v. Canada investor-state case and secondary pharmaceutical patents

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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