Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Call to remove IP clauses from trade pact

  1. Context: The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) trade talks round in Vietnam (August 15-19)
  2. News: Humanitarian aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has called for the removal of intellectual property provisions (known as the TRIPS-plus provisions) from the agreement
  3. Why? The TRIPS-plus provisions like patent term extensions and data exclusivity could hinder access to affordable drugs
  4. Data exclusivity: These provisions could delay the entry of generic medicines
  5. Significance of generics: Nearly two-thirds of all the drugs MSF purchases to treat HIV, TB and malaria across the world are generic medicines from India
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