Statement on Paragraph 6 Deal

Public health today has again be subordinated to the interests of Big
Pharma. Promoting access to medicines for all — the promise of the Doha
Declaration — demands that attention be paid to who will supply these
drugs.
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Public health today has again be subordinated to the interests of Big
Pharma. Promoting access to medicines for all — the promise of the Doha
Declaration — demands that attention be paid to who will supply these
drugs. The key issue is whether efficient generic suppliers will be able
to export drugs globally and achieve economies of scale that will drive
down prices and promote access. The “solution” to the export issue to be
made permanent by the agreement today is a very-difficult-to-manage
approach to a not very complicated problem. It will be hard to achieve
economies of scale under the amendment, at least until countries figure
out how to maneuver around the amendment’s obstacles. The bottom line
result: there will be less competition, higher prices for medicines, and
less access to essential medicines — all with very real life-and-death
consequences.

Robert Weissman, Essential Action
December 6, 2005