Public Health at Risk
Will US trade policy undermine global access to affordable medicines?
Published: Mar 04, 2013
During the first week of March 2013, trade negotiators from the US will continue a decade-long effort to promote stricter levels of intellectual property (IP) protection in developing countries. These efforts ignore US commitments under original World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and subsequently in 2001 under the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public Health and, if successful, would undermine global access to affordable medicines.