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

Malaysia has been lucky to have a Ministry of Health that fully comprehends the cost impact of higher medicine prices for longer. In October 2015, the Deputy Minister of Health stated: ‘The Health Ministry has announced that we do not agree with the extension of the duration of [the patent of] medicines as it will burden the people.’ It is clear that, based on the release of the finalised text, the concerns of the Ministry of Health have been deemed insignificant.

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