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U.S. Free Trade Agreements Restrict Medicines as Vital Public Goods

  • Mon, Mar 19 2007
    • Donald W. Light

 Several experts have pointed out that the American “free trade agreements” (FTAs) that are being imposed on trading partners violate the global free trade agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO). They are bi-lateral side deals that different American companies want their government to press on other countries, or they will lose access to the world’s richest market. Calling them “free trade” illustrates the usefulness of the concept “hidden abode” advanced by Princeton University Sociologist Alejandro Portes. When it comes to prescription drugs, the hidden abode of American FTAs is to prohibitfree trade of drugs for…

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