Extract from “TPP = Transnational Pharmaceutical Profiteering”

In the mind-numbing blur of thousands of pages, killer text can be found. There are express mandates requiring patent term extensions beyond the 20 years required by international law. There are mandatory monopolies on new uses of known medicines and provisions that make it easier to get secondary patents that are only weakly inventive and that also lengthen patent monopolies. There are additional monopolies on the regulatory data submitted by Big Pharma on small molecule medicines, monopolies blocking generic competition that start at five years but can be extended for successive three-year periods. And there are new monopolies on biologic regulatory data that effectively forestall the marketing of biosimilars for at least eight years.

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