Extract from “Released TPP text confirms deadly impact on access to medicines”

Recently, the Minister of International Trade and Industry Mustapa Mohamed argued that the data exclusivity or patent provisions in the TPP ‘will not have an influence on the price of drugs’. This statement is simplistic. What provisions in the TPP would do is extend patents and have exclusivity periods that would delay the entry of generics, meaning that Malaysians would have to pay innovator prices for longer. Innovator prices are higher than generic prices.

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