Medicine prices at risk under Pacific trade draft: critics
Reuters - 10/16/2014
The U.S. experience, where generic drugs made up 85 percent of the market, showed that high IP standards were compatible with “fulsome access to medicines,” said Mark Elliot from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center.
But Northeastern University law professor Brook Baker said there were several proposals in the draft which would prevent marketing of generic drugs and make it easier for drug companies to get follow-on patents for small changes to or new uses of existing medicines.
“The disclosed TPP text is a bonanza for Big Pharma and a disaster for patients everywhere,” he said.