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Trading away health? The story of a health impact assessment that made a splash

Trading away health? The story of a health impact assessment that made a splash

Melissa Sweet March 24, 2015

A health impact assessment of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement recently made headlines and won some political attention for the wide-ranging public health concerns raised. What were the factors that contributed to this splash? *** Fiona Haigh and Katie Hirono write: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) is a large regional trade agreement currently in the […]

The Philip Morris case illustrates some wider dangers for public health from trade agreements

Melissa Sweet January 25, 2013 3 Comments

Efforts by the tobacco company Philip Morris to claim hefty compensation for Australia’s plain packaging laws under secretive legal processes should alarm those with a concern for public health, according to Dr Patricia Ranald, Convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (AFTINET) and Research Associate, University of Sydney. The case also has implications […]

US wants to give pharma more power over our medicines policy

Melissa Sweet October 27, 2011 3 Comments

Meanwhile, while we’re on the subject of pharma-power (as per previous posts), the article below suggests that the US is attempting to use trade negotiations to influence medicines policy in Australia. Dr Deborah Gleeson writes: Leaked documents from the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement negotiations currently underway in Peru show the US is seeking to […]