Big Pharma Revealed As Puppetmaster Behind TPP Secrecy

Tyler Durden's picture

It is no secret that US healthcare corporations have been among, if not the biggest beneficiaries of Obamacare: by "socializing" costs and spreading the reimbursement pool over the entire population in the form of a tax, pharmaceutical companies have been able to boost medical product and service costs to unprecedented levels with the help of complicit insurance companies who have subsequently passed through these costs to the consumer, in the process sending the price of biotech and pharma stocks to levels not seen since the dot com bubble.

But when it came to the highly confidential TPP, it was unclear just which corporations were dominant in pulling the strings.

Now thanks to more documents published by Wikileaks, and analyzed by the NYT, it appears that "big pharma" is once again pulling the strings, this time of the Trans Pacific Partnership, which if passed will "empower big pharmaceutical firms to command higher reimbursement rates in the United States and abroad, at the expense of consumers" according to "public health professionals, generic-drug makers and activists opposed to the trade deal."

In other words, just like the narrowly-passed Obamacare was a gift for big Pharma, so America's legal drug dealers are now trying to go for another price boosting catalyst, one which however will involve not just the US but some 12 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Worst of all, the negotiations for the next price increase is taking place in utmost secrecy where "American negotiators are still pressing participating governments to open the process that sets reimbursement rates for drugs and medical devices."

As RT notes, the latest disclosure links the Healthcare Annex to the secret draft of the quite aptly-named "Transparency" Chapter of the TPP, along with each country's negotiating position. The leaked "Annex on transparency and procedural fairness for pharmaceutical products and medical devices" is dated from December 2014, with the draft being restricted from release for four years after the passage of the TPP into law.

RELEASE: TPP Transparency Chapter Healthcare Annex https://t.co/jc4hYqh06V #TPP #TTIP #TISA pic.twitter.com/xIlO4QCUu6

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 10, 2015

 

Worse, while in the US the rising healthcare costs are at least spread across a broader social safety net, the TPP is targeting countries where the potential jump in drug prices will have dramatic effects. As the NYT notes, "foreign governments and health care activists have accused pharmaceutical giants, mostly based in the United States, of protecting profits over public health, especially in poor countries where neither the government nor consumers can afford to pay rates anywhere close to those charged in wealthier nations."

That fight re-emerged in the Pacific trade negotiations, which involve countries with strong cost-containment policies, like New Zealand, as well as poor countries like Peru and Vietnam.

 

The agreement “will increase the cost of medicines worldwide, starting with the 12 countries that are negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership,” said Judit Rius Sanjuan, a lawyer at Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian organization that provides medical care in more than 60 countries.

None other than the CEO of Mylan explained in the simplest possible way what is going on: a government mandated monopoly under the guise of a trade pact: "Heather Bresch, the chief executive of Mylan, one of the largest generic-drug makers, said the brand-name pharmaceutical industry was “establishing, through U.S. trade policy, an international system designed to maximize its monopolies."

But where the alarm bells truly go off is when someone, anyone, uses the word "fair" to justify policy, such as surging drug costs. To wit: "drug companies, however, say they need to be able to charge fair prices to compensate for the billions of dollars and decades of research that go into their medicines."

What is amusing is that the true motive behind the TPP's secrecy have been quite clear to virtually everyone but the population of the TPP's host nation:

“It was very clear to everyone except the U.S. that the initial proposal wasn’t about transparency. It was about getting market access for the pharmaceutical industry by giving them greater access to and influence over decision-making processes around pricing and reimbursement,” said Deborah Gleeson, a lecturer at the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in Australia. And even though the section, known as the transparency annex, has been toned down, she said, “I think it’s a shame that the annex is still being considered at all for the T.P.P.”

RT adds that one country that should be in arms over the TPP is Australia:

The secret negotiations now allegedly reveal that Australia's Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme might be undermined, pushing up the cost of medicines in the country.

 

"United States trade negotiators have aggressively pushed for provisions favoring multinational pharmaceutical manufacturers at the expense of national governments and public healthcare systems," the Sydney Morning Herald wrote.

But the one place where the biggest price shock may be unleashed is, not surprisingly, the US itself :

The leaked TPP document "shows that the pact could expose Medicare to pharmaceutical company attacks and constrain future policy reforms, including the ability of the US government to curb rising and unsustainable drug prices," the US consumer rights advocacy group and think tank Public Citizen said in its Wednesday statement.

 

The group says president Obama's administration has been "acting at the behest of pharmaceutical companies," and the secret negotiations it has been holding within the partnership might affect Medicare, limiting "Congress' ability to enact policy reforms that would reduce prescription drug costs for Americans."

The same Congress, incidentally, which gladly washed its hands of any discussion of the TPP when the Senate "fast-tracked" its passage and as the NYT further notes, "a House vote on final passage of the bill, now expected on Friday, appears extremely close."

In other words, in exchange for a few million in lobby spending, aka bribes, by Big Pharma, the US Congress has once again sold out the US population, and this time it even voluntarily bypassed even the mock democratic process of debating the law it will pass.

Why? Just so shareholders of pharmaceutical companies could reap even greater profits at the expense of not just the US population, but of the populations of some of the biggest US trading partners, all of whom are about to see the prices of medical care skyrocket.

And since nothing is confirmed until it is officially denied, here is the punchline:

“The transparency annex in T.P.P. is not subject to Investor-State Dispute Settlement, and nothing in its provisions will undermine our ability to pursue the best health care policy for Americans, including any future action on health care expenditures and cost containment,” a trade representative spokesman said.

Those Americans who may wish to challenge the claim well, they are out of luck: Congress is about to make sure there is no way anyone can have a say into what big corporations have in store for the US population.

The full Transparency Chapter Healthcare Annex below:

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falconflight's picture

Teva! Teva! Teva!  Roll over bitches and take it the way your mama's taught you.

Manthong's picture

So Medicare Part D and Obamacare wasn’t good enough for the MF’s, eh?

I say drag them into court and prosecute all of the execs under RICO.

 

PS

Awesome move TD..  you yanked the Spammer in a flash

 

falconflight's picture

Meh, the judiciary isn't the answer...they're the legal gate keepers for the State.

Oh regional Indian's picture

MIC+Big Pharma+Big Ag = Making Poisoned Shit Folks

Banks = Enablers of said shit making

Govern Ments = Mind control to keep the quislings quiescent....

One kills and maims, one stictches and fixes and one poisons you just a little more every day.

The rest of the drama is to create so much confusion and cog diss that we don't notice...

Notice this : String Drumming...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsrCg7rwcqA

 

TeethVillage88s's picture

Fraud, Racketeering, Conflict of Interest, Anti-Trust, Monopolies, Propaganda
Fraud, Racketeering, Conflict of Interest, Anti-Trust, Monopolies, Propaganda
Fraud, Racketeering, Conflict of Interest, Anti-Trust, Monopolies, Propaganda
Fraud, Racketeering, Conflict of Interest, Anti-Trust, Monopolies, Propaganda
Fraud, Racketeering, Conflict of Interest, Anti-Trust, Monopolies, Propaganda
Fraud, Racketeering, Conflict of Interest, Anti-Trust, Monopolies, Propaganda
Fraud, Racketeering, Conflict of Interest, Anti-Trust, Monopolies, Propaganda

Karaio's picture

I will be short and thick (as always am).

Pharmaceutical companies enter the Amazon rainforest by priests, nuns, evangelical pastors mostly Americans.

Chat with old Indians, they assimilate roots and plants that heal.

Lead to the US where they synthesize in the laboratory and crystallize, turn into ancient knowledge medications.

Then comes the planting companies with genes manipulated in different cultures that spread pollen that transforms native cultures in amorphous things.

: - /

Karaio's picture

There is more to say.

Previously, one clove head had enough anesthetic to cure a toothache.

Previously there were so many mosquitoes that transmitted dengue or shou-anything because they had swallows migrating from north to south in the Americas, they fed on mosquitoes.

Today there is no swallows.

Agricula poison killed the migration.

Mosquitoes proliferated;

Diseases before contained proliferate.

Think when you were small, with 52 years like me.

Remember Swallows breaking TV antennas when it was night?

I remember.

Rusty Shorts's picture

+1000 

 

80,000 (River) DAMS in USA and the impact on migratory fish, aquifers, ecosystems; discuss.

Rusty Shorts's picture

Keep talking, we're listening...

Oh regional Indian's picture

BINGO Rusty...and when you consider the esoteric/big picture significance...and something known about for at least 10,000 years... NEVER DAM A FLOWING RIVER>..

from the Egyptian book of the dead:

I have not added to the balance weights; I have not tempered with the plumb bob of the balance.
I have not taken milk from a child’s mouth; I have not driven small cattle from their herbage . . .
I have not stopped (the flow of) water in its seasons; I have not built a dam against flowing water.
I have not quenched a fire in its time . . .

Pretty stunning I thought, especially when we consider our dammed world today...

https://aadivaahan.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/the-year-the-time-and-the-pl...

Rusty Shorts's picture

Thank you ORI, yes indeed...the deliberate destruction of prime habitat. pure evil.

falconflight's picture

Deliberate?  Many of those dams you've referenced in fact have been demolished, to human kind's detriment.  A fish is a dog is a boy just doesn't impress me in a favorable way.  Environmentalists would be just after lawyers for mass graves in my protocol.

conscious being's picture

I see ff bringing the zino perspective and basicly maneuvering the story away from Big Pharma. Thanks for nothing ... again ff.

The cure for Big Pharma is to organicly grow your own herbs, fruits and veggies, pick them and eat them.

TheGreatRecovery's picture

I bet Dick Cheney appreciates the environmentalists where he lives, in Jackson Hole, which is right next to Yellowstone National Park.  I bet he gives the environmentalists there his complete support.  The environmentalists in Iraq, Nigeria, and so forth - maybe not so much.

falconflight's picture

You don't pray to the Delta Smelt by chance?  Or the blue speckled three legged San Antonio Freeway Arachnoid?

TheGreatRecovery's picture

I just want to be buried in the compost pile, so I can rejoin all the creatures who made my life worthwhile.  I appreciate all of them.  They ALL have the Creator within them.  Just as much as me.

ebear's picture

They had slaves back then.  Today we have electricity.

Everything comes with a cost.

 

falconflight's picture

Slaves were a pretty minor nation-building claim.  A tiny percentage of farmers benefited.

conscious being's picture

Thanks Rusty. Obviously some people never forgot the importance of their tribe. [Just checked out the first couple of minutes. Bookmarked to listen to later.] I enjoy the off the beaten path links you come up with.

webdesignvalleys's picture

This can be true and false. However, if we can solve all issues, then it will be good for public health.

 

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Mike @ cure for herpes 2015 to get good health.

TheGreatRecovery's picture

Christopher Columbus brought the first black slaves to the Americas.  He started the whole thing.  And now the USA has a "Columbus Day" to celebrate him.

falconflight's picture

Hmmm, consider the Anwar or the Three Rivers Gorge... people want electricity and and glimmer of improved opportunity; they'd like to escape crushing poverty.  Tesla ain't but a gov't - political daisy chain of graft and influence peddling. jmo

TheGreatRecovery's picture

I'll say it till I'm blue in the face: TOO MANY PEOPLE!  Every environment has a carrying capacity.  At 7 billion, human population exceeds that capacity by a factor which Mother Planet, try though She might, cannot possibly sustain.  We are killing our own planet with overpopulation.

SamAdams's picture

I have not quenched a fire in its time . . .  Even the Egyptians knew to let the banks burn to the ground.  Otherwise, you have a heap of ash and half burnt rubbish lying about that someone has to clean up.

Karaio's picture

When a piece of his arm is dissolving, rotten, held by the hand of his arm that still works, remember me.

Play with radioactivity is not anything to do with the butt on the couch.

: - /

Nuclear war is fucking unfortunately we are very close to that.

My bet is until October / 2015.

Or (at I pray to God), a violent break in the economic system.

A wood, the other poor leaves a lot of people but people alive!

:-)

firstdivision's picture

Soon bees will be gone and you'll be stuck with Monsanto meals.  I'm thinking that Monsanto is purposely killing the bees to create a bigger reliance on their GMO crops.  People are quickly getting left with two choices, accept it or rip the motherfuckers from their homes and hang them from lamp posts.

RichardParker's picture

Pharmaceutical companies enter the Amazon rainforest by priests, nuns, evangelical pastors mostly Americans.

Chat with old Indians, they assimilate roots and plants that heal.

Lead to the US where they synthesize in the laboratory and crystallize, turn into ancient knowledge medications.

 

What you describe is termed bioprospecting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioprospecting

DaveyJones's picture

none of this should shock us since the Bummer administration had numerous Cheney like and oily secret meetings with big pharma before careless care was released.   

falconflight's picture

The ACA wouldn't have passed w/o their explicit support.  Dem Party socialists might yearn for soviet styled governance, but they'll settle for a fascist-socialism in the meantime.

TheGreatRecovery's picture

What Americans were asking for was Single Payer.  What Obama did was an end-run around that, creating Obamacare, which made Single Payer a legal impossibility, but profited Big Pharma, Big Medicine, etc.  So is Obama "Liberal" or "Fascist"?  Maybe he combines the two.  That leaves me only Libertarians like Ron Paul.  Whatever Americans ask for WILL be turned into something that profits the most corrupt elements of  some industry.  So all Americans can do is ask for nothing.  Which is just fine with me.

Karaio's picture

RichardParker:

 

The big difference is that you saw it on Wikipedia and I saw in the middle of the Atlantic.

You and I on the couch in the woods.

You a usurper me and my country's raped.

You enemy.

Need I say more?

Karaio's picture

Say if you are a Troll the pharmaceutical industry.

You know differentiate Atlantic Forest Cerrado or Amazon without Google's help?

You know the difference between a native species of an invasive or maybe (maybe) a yucca of a potato?

Buster!

Go back to your tin, glass or milk carton, believe that everything that is born in nature comes from Walmart.

Plastic comes from China.

The rest exploding is produced locally to be distributed around the world for democracy.

hehe.

shovelhead's picture

It ain't me doing the slash and burning the rainforest to sell beef to McDonalds.

I think maybe you better look a little closer to home for that.

Are you enjoying all that ethenol down there? All that corn needs a place to grow, right?

RichardParker's picture

What the pharmaceutical companies are doing a la bioprospecting is legalized STEALING

You might want to pickup a book and some peer reviewed articles on "natural products chemistry".

Here's some "light reading" for you;

http://pubs.acs.org/journal/jnprdf

You are an ignorant jackass.

 

 

 

 

falconflight's picture

We're all post colonial societies...the entire Western Hemisphere.  That's why I sneer at this artificial (Richard Nixon, the Progressive) creation of the term Hispanic, a/k/a post colonial Spaniard, or the other Iberian conqueror.  

falconflight's picture

Gee, will the REAL pansy, Please step forward and Illuminati (sarc on) me about "indigenous" nation states/societies in the Western Hemisphere?  They don't even have an indigenous language; FAIL.

PhoQ's picture

I amuse myself at the supermarket by stopping in the area marked "Hispanic Foods." I try to speak to the food in my best restaurant Spanish, but it never speaks to me. Not in Spanish, not in English.

So what makes it Hispanic? If it can't even talk to me in broken Spanish on its home turf in the supermarket, that's just not meeting my standards for being Hispanic.

Sorry Mr. Nixon, but something's screwy with the word your minions invented. And now it's infecting my supermarket.

 

duo's picture

"If you can't afford your politician, Astra Zeneca may be able to help".

discopimp's picture

Since no ones going to jail, we might as well self medicate...no??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAXPUN2z2CE

vic and blood's picture

+ 100 for the impressive colorful English! "quislings quiescent".

Karaio's picture

Did you like it!

Good, I am grateful!

I'll tell you a parable.

At 52 years of age, one lives very well with 16 teeth in the mouth.

Needless to 32.

An empire, the decay, wear a denture, will remain active.

See the British ...

hehe.

nosam's picture

This article is disinfo. Its not just the Pharma companies that want TPP. TPP is a core goal of the illuminati. Which means it is a prime goal of the government or whoever runs this world.

falconflight's picture

Is it such a giant leap in ideology than NAFTA?

GoinFawr's picture

No it isn't; at all. Isn't that just super?

conscious being's picture

nosam - here some news. Big Pharma is the Illuminati/ZinoWorldOrder.