Dr George Laking, Cancer Specialist Speaks Out Against TTPA and the Cost of Medicine

Dr George Laking is an Oncologist. Here he explains how American Pharmaceutical Companies could use the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement  to extend the patent period for their drugs in New Zealand  before  cheaper generic versions can be distributed. 

Having Cancer is bad enough without having to wait longer for drugs you can afford, yet that's what the leaked  TPPA documents earlier this year could allow to happen.

Please email Trade Minister Tim.Groser@Parliament.govt.nz and Prime Minister John Key  j.key@ministers.govt.nz expressing your concern at the proposed  Investor State Dispute Provisions in the TPPA and the increase in the length of time that may result in extending patents on medicines before cheaper Generic versions can be distributed.

Please ask both Minister  Groser and the  Prime Minister to give you their assurance they will not sign the TPP Agreement if it threatens our sovereignty in any way  and/or increases the cost and availability of medicines. Better still, write a letter to them c/o Parliament Buildings, Wellington ,New Zealand. Then they have to physically write back to you . Thank you.

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