WikiLeaks: US lobbied against cheaper medicine law in Philippines at US drug corps request

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The online whistle-blower WikiLeaks reported that the United States had lobbied against the Cheaper Medicine Act in the Philippines after American stakeholders expressed concern about the possible changes in the country's pharmaceutical policies. WikiLeaks claimed that the US lobbied with former senator and now Transportation Secretary Manuel Roxas II and Quirino Rep. Junie Cua who sponsored the law, Republic Act 9502. A press statement revealed that on Oct. 27, 2005 then US Ambassador Kristie Kenny said that US Intellectual Property (IP) Rights holders 'were concerned about Roxas' move to amend the IP Code with respect to patents and parallel imports for pharmaceuticals.' Kenny supposedly said that Roxas' bill was 'troubling US pharmaceutical rights holders trying to retain their market share and profitability in the Philippines.'

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