Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

RCEP draft moots tough curbs on cheap medicines

  1. Context: A leaked chapter of the draft Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
  2. What? RCEP in its current form could reduce access to affordable medicines in many developing countries
  3. Concerns: Japan & Korea are demanding patent term extensions by 5 years from current 20 years
  4. India has consistently opposed patent extensions, restrictive rules on copyrights and other anti-consumer measures
  1. Context: A leaked chapter of the draft Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
  2. What? RCEP in its current form could reduce access to affordable medicines in many developing countries
  3. Concerns: Japan & Korea are demanding patent term extensions by 5 years from current 20 years
  4. India has consistently opposed patent extensions, restrictive rules on copyrights and other anti-consumer measures
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