Newsletter No. 1 - August 2015 

Welcome to Geneva Network

Geneva Network is a new public policy research and advocacy organisation working at the nexus of international intellectual property, health and trade issues.

Through our global network of academic researchers and thought-leaders, we are adding to the evidence-base around intellectual property, health and trade debates.

Our hope is that our research and analysis contributes to better global policymaking in this important area.

We have an exciting research programme for the coming year, so follow us on Twitter or sign up to our quarterly newsletter to stay up to date.


New this summer

Are FTAs bad for health?

Sreekanth Venkatamaran and Philip Stevens

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) containing intellectual property provisions have been criticised because they have the potential to raise medicine prices and undermine access to medicines.

This paper assesses the validity of these criticisms by looking at the impact of FTAs on health outcomes.

We find that FTAs have in fact had small positive impacts on health outcomes, and have not increased out-of-pocket spending on healthcare as has been feared. 


Will the TPP blow a hole in public sector medicines budgets?

The US and Japan are asking TPP partners to extend the period of regulatory data protection (RDP) they afford to new biologic medicines, to align with practice in other countries. Critics claim this will bust medicines budgets and ration access to drugs. 

This Geneva Network study looks at OECD health spending data from countries that enacted similar provisions in the past. The conclusion: changes in RDP terms have had almost no impact on overall medicines spending. 


Geneva Network discusses the TPP and health in Singapore

Geneva Network hosted its first event on 21 May, in Singapore, casting some light over the debate about TPP and health.

Speakers included Prof Elizabeth Ng of the National University of Singapore, Bill Claxton of Singapore’s Carcinoid and Neuroendrocrine Tumor Society, Andrew Spiegel of the Global Colon Cancer Association and Philip Stevens of Geneva Network.

Read more about the event.

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