WASHINGTON - WikiLeaks’ publication today of the final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Intellectual Property chapter text verifies that the pact would harm public health by blocking patient access to lifesaving medicines, Public Citizen said today. The latest leak of a secret TPP text reveals how the TPP would roll back the “May 10 Agreement” reforms brokered in 2007 between Democratic congressional leaders and the George W. Bush administration.
WikiLeaks Publication of Complete, Final TPP Intellectual Property Text Confirms Pact Would Raise Costs, Put Medicines Out of Reach
The median household annual income on a worldwide basis is $9,733 with annual median annual household income per-capita is $2,920. Obviously, median incomes in developing countries is much lower than those worldwide.
The average annual cost of drugs for cancer is $10,000 a month. This is an example of just one of numerous chronic diseases.
How can those in developing countries, even those with socialized healthcare (to some extent), afford the necessary drugs to save lives? They cannot.
I am a U.S. expat living in a developing country and most of the recent life-saving drugs (those still under patent protection) for cancer, kidney of liver disease, etc. are not available under our country's national health care system. These drugs are only available to upper middle class and the wealthy who can afford their health care through a small number of private hospitals.
What is the message of the TPP Intellectual Property provisions regarding live-saving drugs? The lives of the poor are aren't worth saving according to the oligarchy of Big Pharma.
I reject that message.
- Capitalism kills.