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International Trade Agreements and Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation in...

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Level 2 Social Sciences Building, La Trobe Law School Moot Court (Room SS232), La Trobe University, Bundoora

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Contemporary trade agreements increasingly go beyond traditional trade issues such as tariffs, to incorporate legal provisions that impact on many policy areas, including health and pharmaceutical policy. This presentation explores the potential implications of two mega-regional trade agreements in the Asia-Pacific region for pharmaceutical policy and regulation in China, focusing primarily on the 16-country Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). It reports preliminary findings from a policy analysis study using health impact assessment methods to examine potential impacts of legal provisions in the RCEP and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) for China’s health system and generic medicines industry. China is a participant in negotiations for the RCEP, and while the TPP is unlikely to be implemented in its current form, many have suggested that the TPP text is a model for RCEP. As the world’s most populous country, China faces increasing pressure on its aims to achieve universal health coverage and affordable access to essential medicines. The rules that China agrees to in its bilateral and regional trade agreements can significantly affect pharmaceutical regulation and access to medicines.

Dr Deborah Gleeson is a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at La Trobe University’s School of Psychology and Public Health. Her research primarily focuses on the intersection between trade policy and public health and she has studied the health implications of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER-Plus). She also has interests in policy-making capacity in government and in public health policy more generally. Dr Gleeson is national convener of the Political Economy of Health Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and as part of this honorary role, often represents PHAA on issues related to trade agreements. She received a President’s Award 2015 from the Public Health Association of Australia for public health leadership, engagement and commitment on the impact of international trade issues on health.

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