Doctors warn the Trans Pacific Partnership could mean higher drug costs in Canada and abroad
Mar 28, 2014 - Through the 1990s, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) helped lead a global fight to reduce the costs of HIV/AIDS medications that were previously all but unavailable in some of the world's poorest countries.
Back then, thousands were dying not because treatments didn't exist, but because people could not afford pills that cost patients as much as $15,000 a year. Today, and thanks in large part to those efforts, comparable drugs can be purchased for less than $1 a day.
Those victories over pharmaceutical companies and unfair international patent laws are documented in the 2013 film Fire in the Blood, which recently played in Vancouver at an MSF forum on the topic.
Speaking ahead of that event, Stephen Cornish, executive director of MSF Canada (also known as Doctors Without Borders), told the Straight that the battle MSF is fighting now is the Trans Pacific Partnership, an agreement for which Canada is currently involved in negations.
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