Médecins Sans Frontières

Statement by MSF on the official release of the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement

5 November 2015 - The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a trade agreement negotiated between the U.S. and eleven other Pacific Rim nations: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. After more than five years of negotiations conducted in secret without the opportunity for public review, the agreed text, which will now be submitted to national processes for final signature and ratification, has been officially and publicly released. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) remains extremely concerned about the inclusion of dangerous provisions that would dismantle public health safeguards enshrined in international law and restrict access to price-lowering generic medicines for millions of people.

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MSF responds to least-developed country IP exemption deal

3 November 2015, Geneva - Information has emerged that the world's poorest countries - those classified as least-developed countries (LDCs) - have been granted a 17 year exemption from implementing intellectual property provisions, such as patents, on medicines. LDCs had wanted and MSF had advocated for an exemption to be granted for as long as countries were classified as a LDC.

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Webcast debate: "The high price of medicines"

On October 26, 2015 Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hosted a webcast debate under the title "The high price of medicines" which unpacked important questions about why medicines prices for cancer and hepatitis C medicines are so high; why we still do not have acceptable treatment options for major killers such as tuberculosis; and how deploying new models for research and innovation that do not rely on high prices when developing new antibiotics, can be a game changer for how medicines will be developed in the future.

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MSF: Global TB report reveals rate of diagnosis for MDR-TB cases is heading in the wrong direction

According to the World Health Organization’s World tuberculosis report 2015, released 28 October, only one in four (26%) of the 480,000 people estimated to have developed multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in 2014 was diagnosed. Worse, the total number of people diagnosed with MDR-TB globally in 2014 was actually lower than the previous year (123,000 in 2014 vs 136,000 in 2013), although the total estimated number of people who developed MDR-TB remained the same. In 2014, only 58% of previously treated MDR-TB cases were tested for drug resistance; while this marks an improvement over 2013’s rate of 17%, it’s far from the 100% target set for 2015 in the Global Plan to Stop TB (2011-2015). While the number of people put on MDR-TB treatment increased slightly from 97,000 in 2013 to 111,000 in 2014, the cure rate remains desperately low at 50%.

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At African Union–India meeting in Delhi, African leaders and India should work together to protect access to affordable medicines

New Delhi, 26 October 2015—As African leaders meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi for an African Union-India meeting this week, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) urged African governments and India to work together to maintain trade in affordable generic medicines that is a lifeline for millions of people in India, Africa and other developing countries.

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HAI and MSF report shows European Commission’s access to medicines commitments are ‘empty gestures’

NGOs urge Commission to align trade, health, research and development policies in comprehensive access to medicines strategy

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Trans-Pacific trade agreement could choke off patient access to affordable generic medicines

Kuala Lumpur, 15 July 2013 – As negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement* move to Malaysia this week, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) urges negotiating countries to remove terms that could block people from accessing affordable medicines, choke off production of generic medicines, and constrain the ability of governments to pass laws in the interest of public health.

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MSF: India must address worrying stock out of tuberculosis drugs

Indian government drug tender process leads to deadly delay in drug supply.

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