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Medicine Quality and Anti-Counterfeiting

Analyses, Statements, and Letters

Public Citizen Letter to Members of INTA on ACTA, November 18, 2011

Public Citizen Letter to Members of the Committee on Legal Affairs on the ACTA, October 10, 2011

Public Citizen ACTA’s Scope and Access to Medicines, September 10, 2010

ACTA and Public Health, September 2010 (Links to digitalcommons.wcl.american.edu)

Public Citizen’s comments to the European Commission on Customs Regulation 1383/ 2003, May 25, 2010

Public Citizen’s comments to the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Submitted, March 28, 2010

Essential Action Factsheet on ACTA and Access to Medicines, July 27, 2009

Essential Action letter to Consultations and Liaison Division (BSL) of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada on ACTA, July 2, 2009 

Essential Action Briefing Note: Recommendations for World Health Assembly Pharmaceutical Counterfeiting Resolution, May 19, 2008

Essential Action Letter to USTR Director for IP: Comments on the Proposal of an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, March 21, 2008

Public Citizen: Envisioning a public interest response to counterfeiting and drug quality, July 20, 2007


Presentation at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Ensuring Safety and Access, or Thinking Usefully About Counterfeits (April 2014)

Global Access to Medicines Program Director Peter Maybarduk’s Presentation on ACTA at American University Washington College of Law (June 2010)

Global Access to Medicines Program Director Peter Maybarduk’s Presentation on Access to Medicines & IP Enforcement at American University Washington College of Law (June 2010)


Hello democracy, goodbye ACTA: EU Parliament rejects ACTA treaty

Photo courtesy of Associated Press (AP)


Civil society protest at the international AIDS Conference, Vienna Austria, 2010


Read more about opposition to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement


Medicine Quality and Anti-counterfeiting in the news

September 30, 2013-IEDE: The Medicines Are Fake, the Illnesses Real

September 24, 2013-Business Standard: In quality crackdown, US drug regulator finds Indian companies critically ill

August 20, 2013-PBS: Cracking Down on Counterfeit Drugs

July 4, 2012-The New York Times: European Parliament Rejects Anti-Piracy Treaty (links to nytimes.com)

July 4, 2012 Associated Press: EU Parliament rejects ACTA anti-piracy treaty (links to bigstory.ap.org)
Also in: The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, Salon

June 25, 2012-Citizen Vox: Les Nouvelles de Bruxelles: The Changing Politics of the Knowledge Economy (links to CitizenVox)

June 14, 2012-Citizen Vox: While Battle against ACTA Rages, next Clash against TPP Looms (links to CitizenVox)

May 16, 2012-Ars Technica: ACTA deathwatch: profs call process unconstitutional, Europe revolts (links to arstechnica.com)

April 21, 2012-IP Watch: Kenyan High Court’s Overturning of Anti-Counterfeit Law Hailed (links to ip-watch.org)

February 28, 2012-Washington Post: Opponents of ACTA anti-counterfeiting treaty present petition with 2 million names to EU (link to washingtonpost.com)

February 27, 2012-European Parliament News: Parliament to receive 2.4 million petition signatures against ACTA (link to europarl.europa.eu)

February 10, 2012-Amnesty International: ACTA a “Pandora’s Box” of Potential Human Rights Violations; EU Governments Should Not Join

February 5, 2012New York Times: on ACTA threat to internet and access to medicines (links to nytimes.com)

May 13, 2009Wall Street Journal: Op-Ed by Access to Medicines Directors Peter Maybarduk: Stop Fakes, Not Generics (links to online.wsj.com)

September 15, 2008Essential Action: Secret Counterfeiting Treaty Must be Made Public, Global Organizations Say (links to essentialaction.org)

March 21, 2008Essential Action: Comments on Proposed “Anti-Counterfeiting” Treaty (links to essentialaction.org)