How the Transnational Pharmaceutical Industry Pursues its Interests Through International Trade and Investment Agreements: A Case Study of the Trans Pacific Partnership

Handbook of Research on Transnational Corporations, Alice De Jonge and Roman Tomasic (eds), Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. (Forthcoming)

37 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2015

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Deborah Gleeson

La Trobe University

Pat Neuwelt

School of Population Health, University of Auckland

Erik Monasterio

Hillmorton Hospital - Department of Forensic Psychiatry

Ruth Lopert

George Washington University - Department of Health Policy; LWC Policy Consulting Inc.

Date Written: October 2, 2015

Abstract

This chapter explores the strategies used by transnational pharmaceutical companies and their industry associations to advance their economic interests through international trade and investment agreements. We begin by characterizing the research-based pharmaceutical industry as a transnational industry with a concerted global agenda to expand and extend monopolies over its products, thereby increasing returns for its shareholders. We describe the broad set of strategies employed to meet these objectives. We then give an historical overview of attempts by the industry to use international trade agreements to expand intellectual property rights and constrain the operation of pharmaceutical coverage programs. Focusing specifically on the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, we explore the ways in which pharmaceutical industry bodies in the US and other TPP countries have sought to influence the negotiations to further their agenda and protect and promote the industry’s interests.

Keywords: pharmaceutical industry, trade agreements, transnational corporations, Trans Pacific Partnership

Suggested Citation

Gleeson, Deborah and Neuwelt, Pat and Monasterio, Erik and Lopert, Ruth, How the Transnational Pharmaceutical Industry Pursues its Interests Through International Trade and Investment Agreements: A Case Study of the Trans Pacific Partnership (October 2, 2015). Handbook of Research on Transnational Corporations, Alice De Jonge and Roman Tomasic (eds), Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd. (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2668576 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2668576

Deborah Gleeson (Contact Author)

La Trobe University ( email )

School of Psychology and Public Health
Victoria, 3068
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Pat Neuwelt

School of Population Health, University of Auckland ( email )

Private Bag 92019
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland, 1142
New Zealand

Erik Monasterio

Hillmorton Hospital - Department of Forensic Psychiatry ( email )

Christchurch
New Zealand

Ruth Lopert

George Washington University - Department of Health Policy ( email )

Washington, DC
United States

LWC Policy Consulting Inc. ( email )

Washington, DC 20005

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