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Trade and Public Health: a Decade of Double Standards

2 Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 14:47:08 (EST)

At the heart of almost every dispute about access to medicines lies this question: how do countries balance the need to protect public health against patent rights that lead to high medicine prices and limited access for people in need?

Ten years ago this month in Doha, Qatar, all of...

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A Vaccine That Works Only Half the Time Is Not the Shot in the Arm Malaria Needs

7 Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 19:49:00 (EST)

Last week saw the announcement of a new weapon in the fight against malaria. GlaxoSmithKline, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the PATH Initiative together announced on Tuesday early results of a clinical trial in Africa of a malaria vaccine that cuts the rate of developing the...

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Shooting Itself In the Foot: The Broken Promises of the U.S. Trade Agenda

Posted September 14, 2011 | 13:00:16 (EST)

As United States trade representatives thrash out an international trade deal in Chicago, truly ominous developments are unfolding behind the scenes.

Leaked drafts of the U.S. position show that the government is pushing provisions to tighten intellectual property laws that will make price-busting generic competition impossible. In short, the...

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A Tale of Two Vaccines -- Why Price Discounts for Developing Countries Show Limits

Posted November 24, 2010 | 19:25:08 (EST)

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was caught red-handed last week selling Synflorix, a vaccine that protects children from pneumococcal disease, for USD $150 in Uganda -- European prices, in effect -- when at the same time, the pharmaceutical company is withholding the same vaccine from an international subsidy that hopes to...

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It's Time to End the Double-Standard of Food Aid

Posted October 14, 2010 | 20:20:50 (EST)

Today, millions of malnourished children worldwide depend on food aid. But did you know that the United States and other wealthy countries are sending sub-standard food overseas to address malnutrition?

Much of food aid is comprised of fortified blended corn and soy flours and cereals. While these foods can...

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India: Will Pharma, Trade Agreements Shut Down the Pharmacy of the Developing World?

Posted April 19, 2010 | 19:36:18 (EST)

Not a week seems to go by without the West -- governments, pharmaceutical giants and the business press -- crying foul over India's handling of intellectual property. India is accused of being unfriendly to business interests because of its patent laws. In line with international trade agreements, these laws contain...

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Profound Health Impact for Small Change

Posted February 4, 2010 | 18:08:58 (EST)

Much of the discussion surrounding President Barack Obama's proposed fee on financial institutions to help cut the U.S. deficit overlooks how similar revenue-generating ideas could close the glaring gaps in the global fight against several health emergencies.

Even though the past decade has seen a dramatic increase in efforts...

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