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  • Comments on the Administration’s Intention to Enter Into Negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement

    The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA is also a national member organization of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) comprised of over 1.3 million medical students worldwide. For decades, AMSA has been active in advocating for quality, affordable medicines and mobilizing students to demand real pharmaceutical innovation and oppose strong intellectual property regimes that would prevent our patients and others worldwide from being able to access life-saving medicines. 

    As the next generation of physician leaders, we are deeply troubled by both the lack of transparency surrounding other free trade agreement negotiations including the current Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) as well as the preferential access to agreement text and negotiators afforded to industry including pharmaceutical, medical device, tobacco, and alcohol companies. While free trade agreements are designed to bolster the economies of the participating member states, they should also benefit the citizenry of those member states. By providing special privileges to negotiating text and parties to these companies and not other civil society organizations, the agreement is in danger ...

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  • AMSA Testifies On TTIP Negotiations

    Yesterday, AMSA National President Dr. Nida Degesys testified in front of the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

    Below are some of her comments that were submitted on behalf of the organization regarding the Administration’s intention to enter into negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Agreement.

    As physicians-in-training, we believe that trade agreements should promote public health and access to medicines. For this reason, we urge the exclusion of any and all intellectual property provisions as well as any tobacco and alcohol provisions in the TTIP. Finally, we demand full transparency in the negotiations.

    First, during our medical training, we witness firsthand how access to affordable medications is critical in preventing unnecessary deaths due to both infectious and non-communicable diseases. Unfortunately, it appears that recent free trade agreements (FTAs) including the Australia-United States FTA and Korea-United States FTA as well as the current Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) negotiations compromise this access by imposing unprecedented TRIPS-plus IP provisions. These provisions have the potential to jeopardize millions of lives in participating countries by granting monopoly protections to pharmaceutical companies, which significantly drive up the costs of medicines. Even in the United States, there has been an outcry from ...

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