Refocusing the TPP Debate – IP Rights are Critical to Improving Public Health
To listen to the critics, one would believe that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement marks the end of the world for global health, especially for the poor. They are, in a word, wrong. Admittedly, the TPP Agreement is extremely contentious, but the TPP Agreement contains important provisions regarding intellectual property (IP) rights, especially the standards of protection for pharmaceuticals. If the global community is to truly benefit from the promise of medical progress, we must stop the attack on the IP protections that incentivize innovation and turn our attention to the issues that genuinely inhibit access to medicines.