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US may reverse reforms that promoted access to drugs, leaked documents show

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6948 (Published 25 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6948
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

Twenty two US labour, consumer, religious, environmental, and human rights organisations have charged the Obama administration with reversing modest free trade reforms passed by the Bush administration that enhanced access to drugs.

The organisations sent a letter to the US trade representative, Ron Kirk, last week, citing leaked documents from the US proposals for the Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement and calling on the US government to publicly release the full draft negotiating texts. The leaked documents have been posted online by the Citizen’s Trade Campaign, a non-profit fair trade coalition that is based in Washington, DC (www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/blog/2011/10/22/leaked-trans-pacific-fta-texts-reveal-u-s-undermining-access-to-medicine).

Public Citizen, a non-profit watchdog organisation also based in …

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