PHM Webinar: The TPP: Trading away health on a global scale
What is the TPP? Why is it a threat to public health? Who is pushing for this agreement and why? How can public health advocates get involved?
A video clip from the recent PHM Oz Webinar on the TPP is now on line at http://youtu.be/vJKf45IRLRo.
In this presentation Deb Gleeson from PHM Australia explains why public health advocates in Australia are concerned about the possible impact of this proposed trade agreement (actually an economic integration agreement) on public health, in particular its possible impact on developing country partners. Dr Gleeson describes how proposed provisions for the proposed TPPA could lead to increased prices of medicines and new barriers to regulation to protect public health.
The people of the Pacific Islands carry a heavy burden of non-communicable diseases. The roots of this epidemic are complex but many causative factors arise in the Pacific food environment (availability, convenience and relative prices). The food environment is powerfully influenced by trade agreements. The Pacific Island countries are presently participating in trade negotiations on two fronts: (i) the proposed PACER Plus agreement, and (ii) negotiations with the EU regarding the proposed Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).
PHM Oz is collaborating with a number of other organisations including the Public Health Association of Australia to explore the impact of trade on health and development in the Pacific and to work with stakeholders in the Pacific to ensure that new trade agreements make it easier, not harder, to create a healthy food environment.
The crisis is reflected in cost barriers to access, failure to develop drugs for diseases which only affect poor people, counterfeit products and big pharma / big power bullying. Central to these problems is the need to reform the intellectual property regime as it applies to pharmaceuticals. </br>
For more on the crisis go to the Global Medicines Crisis resources page.
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