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Sat Nov 30, 2013, 03:30 PM

Report: US Bullying at TPP Negotiations for Big Pharma Profits

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2013/11/24/report-us-bullying-at-tpp-negotiations-f

Outrageous US bullying by US Trade Representative Stan McCoy on intellectual property and health. McCoy puts profits of pharmaceuticals ahead of the lives of people.

“The world should stand up to the United States. US corporations are not more important than people’s lives.”

A key dispute in the TPP negotiations is the patents on pharmaceutical drugs and medical procedures. Long patents inflate the profits of the pharmaceutical industry by not allowing less expensive generic drugs on the market. This means that people around the world will not be able to afford critical, often life-saving, drugs and medical procedures. It also means that countries like Japan, Australia and New Zealand that have national health care systems will see the cost of healthcare rise to a breaking point, undermining some of the best health systems in the world.

In order for the US to get its way, Stan McCoy, Assistant US Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation, is chairing the meetings on intellectual properties and medicines. He has been using bullying tactics to force countries to agree to positions that will harm people in the countries negotiating the TPP, including the US.

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Reply Report: US Bullying at TPP Negotiations for Big Pharma Profits (Original post)
mother earth Nov 2013 OP
mother earth Nov 2013 #1
Laelth Nov 2013 #2
Berlum Nov 2013 #3
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Wilms Dec 2013 #4
Enthusiast Dec 2013 #5
octoberlib Dec 2013 #6
Egalitarian Thug Dec 2013 #7
solarhydrocan Dec 2013 #8
Recursion Dec 2013 #9
cali Dec 2013 #10
Recursion Dec 2013 #12
marmar Dec 2013 #11

Response to mother earth (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 03:47 PM

1. More from Public Citizen

http://www.citizen.org/Page.aspx?pid=5411&frcrld=1

More Power to Corporations to Attack Nations

Extreme Foreign Investor Rights & Private Enforcement Would Promote Offshoring, Attacks Against Our Laws

Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) "free trade" agreement, foreign firms would gain an array of privileges:

*Rights to acquire land, natural resources, factories without government review
*Risks and costs of offshoring to low wage countries eliminated
*Special guaranteed “minimum standard of treatment” for relocating firms
*Compensation for loss of “expected future profits” from health, labor environmental, laws (indirect or “regulatory” takings compensation)
*Right to move capital without limits
*New rights cover vast definition of investment: intellectual property, permits, derivatives
*Ban performance requirements, domestic content rules. Absolute ban, not only when applied to investors from signatory countries

A major goal of U.S. multinational corporations for the TPP is to impose on more countries a set of extreme for-eign investor privileges and rights and their private enforcement through the notorious “investor-state” system. This system elevates individual corporations and investors to equal standing with each TPP signatory country's government- and above all of us citizens.

Under this regime, foreign investors can skirt domestic courts and laws, and sue governments directly before tribunals of three private sector lawyers operating under World Bank and UN rules to demand taxpayer compensation for any domestic law that investors believe will diminish their "expected future profits." Over $3 billion has been paid to foreign investors under U.S. trade and investment pacts, while over $14 billion in claims are pending under such deals, primarily targeting environmental, energy, and public health policies.

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 04:52 PM

2. k&r for exposure. n/t

-Laelth

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Sat Nov 30, 2013, 04:54 PM

3. k and r

The TPP sucks - a corporate rip off of the Planet & the people.

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 12:16 AM

4. ^

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 08:02 AM

5. Resist this damned TPP and its Atlantic counterpart.

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 08:12 AM

6. K&R

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 08:15 AM

7. They are building the framework of the Global Constitution and ensuring that

 

there will be no talk of "rights" for little people. National governments are the only mechanism, other than revolt, that can work against concentrated power and as such, must be subjugated by the Bill of Corporate Rights that these so-called trade agreements are creating.

If you are in your 20s or 30s, this is The Most Important Thing in the World and if you don't band together and stop it, you absolutely will live to regret it.

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 08:37 AM

8. The Pharma companies that routinely bribe and cheat their way around the world

lying thieving rat bastards belong in jail, not their private jets making $400,000 per day

Drug Company Accused of Bribing Doctors
http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/story?id=131602

Bribery And Corruption In The Pharmaceutical Sector
http://www.financierworldwide.com/article.php?id=11025

GlaxoSmithKline fined $3bn after bribing doctors to increase drugs sales
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2012/jul/03/glaxosmithkline-fined-bribing-doctors-pharmaceuticals

Bribery 'routine' for foreign pharmaceutical firms in China
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23662909

That's just a few from the first page of a search- from the last year.

Criminals on the loose.

McCoy puts profits of pharmaceuticals ahead of the lives of people.


And apparently no one will stop it

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 08:56 AM

9. I don't see what they're actually saying McCoy is doing?

Is there any indication in other reports?

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Response to Recursion (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 09:01 AM

10. huh?

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Response to cali (Reply #10)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 10:16 AM

12. What are they claiming he's actually doing?

This says he's bullying other countries and has adopted a strategy of exhaustion. I'm curious what specifically those two things mean.

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Response to mother earth (Original post)

Sun Dec 1, 2013, 09:38 AM

11. Well at least there's no doubt now as to whom our government represents.

nt

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