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 email@example.com 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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