Big Pharma's TPP Protections For Biologics Face New Attacks

By Jeff Overley (July 17, 2015, 4:37 PM EDT) -- A group of lawmakers, generic-drug industry advocates and public health experts on Friday denounced proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership to strengthen exclusivity protections for brand-name biologics, warning that the provisions would seriously harm access to affordable copycat medicines.

The objections were voiced in a media briefing with Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut as well as representatives of Mylan Inc., AARP, Doctors Without Borders and the American Foundation for AIDS Research. The briefing represented a marked contrast with advocacy from Republicans who've steadfastly supported robust TPP protections for biologics, which have shown great potential to fulfill...

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