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E-drug: MSF petition calling for IP out of the FTAA

We are winding up for the FTAA Ministerial in Miami in two weeks,
and we would love to have your support for our petition below (Thank
you to those who have already signed-on). To sign as an individual,
go to http://www.msf.org/ftaa/petition/international.htm . To sign as an
organization, please reply to me with the information below. Of
course, we encourage you to sign on in both ways. We will be
delivering the signatures and organizational endorsements publicly on
November 20th, so please lend your support soon.

Thank you in advance,

Kate Evans
Program Associate, Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
333 7th Ave, 2nd Floor *New York, NY *10001-5004*USA
Tel: +1-212-655-3773
Fax: +1-212-679-7016
E-mail: kate.evans@newyork.msf.org

Medicines Shouldn't be a Luxury: Don't Trade Away Health in the
Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA)!

IP Out of the FTAA: Join the Campaign to Remove Intellectual
Property Provisions from the FTAA by Endorsing an International
Petition to Ministers of Trade in the Americas

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has launched a campaign to
increase awareness about the potential harmful effects of the Free
Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) agreement on public health and
access to medicines, and to demand that countries in the Americas
uphold their obligation to put the health needs of people before
commercial and trade interests. FTAA is a proposed regional trade
agreement currently being negotiated between 34 countries in the
Americas. Specifically, MSF is calling upon countries of the Americas
to exclude IP provisions from the FTAA agreement altogether in order
to protect public health and promote access to medicines. MSF is
concerned that proposals put forward by the United States will
undermine the historic 2001 Doha Declaration on TRIPS and Public
Health, and threaten people's access to essential, life-saving
medicines throughout the region.

Your organization can help by endorsing this petition, which will be
delivered to Trade Ministers of the Americas at the FTAA Ministerial
Meeting in Miami in November 2003. Please read the petition text
(below), fill out the information below, and send your organization's
endorsement to kate.evans@newyork.msf.org.

For more information about MSF's concerns about the FTAA, please
visit: http://www.accessmed-msf.org/ftaa.shtm

Thank you.

Medicines are necessary to save lives. In trade agreements, health
must be protected over patents.

The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiations on
intellectual property threaten to further restrict access to medicines in
the Americas.

To ensure the protection of public health and the promotion of access
to medicines for all, there should be no intellectual property provisions
included in the FTAA.

Trade Ministers of the Americas, I implore that you uphold your
obligation to protect public health by rejecting intellectual property
provisions in the FTAA.





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