In the upcoming days, committees in the U.S. House of Representatives will discuss H.R. 3, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s radical prescription drug pricing bill that would impose a tax of up to 95 percent (!) on hundreds of prescription drugs. This draconian bill would also…Read More
On Wall Street, stock and commodity prices climbed immediately, suggesting that the president’s optimism over the prospect of a deal with China was infectious. Indeed, many on Wall Street and across the country were waiting eagerly to hear positive news come from the talks with China after weeks and even months of stalemate…Read More
Last week, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island introduced the “Affordable Prescriptions for Patients Through Promoting Competition Act,” which could more accurately have been named the…Read More
The message out of the just-concluded G7 meeting in France: Uncertainty is holding us back—all of us. This uncertainty stems from the Trump Administration’s capricious trade wars.
It is bad enough that America is engaging in trade wars in the first place, and the seeming whimsy with which…Read More
The world economy is showing signs of weakness, and many analysts are predicting a recession. There are plenty of signals to support the predictions. According to Bloomberg, China reported the weakest growth in industrial output since 2000; Germany’s economy shrank as exports slumped; and euro-area production plunged the most in more than three years as the overall expansion cooled…Read More
The United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) presents a much-needed update, better showcasing a modern approach to trade with the U.S.’s closest trading partners, Canada and Mexico. When it comes to “winners” and “losers” in a trade agreement, the USMCA represents a significant win for the United States.Read More
Trump Administration’s “Safe Importation Action Plan” Is Downright Dangerous
On July 31, the Trump Administration announced the “Safe Importation Action Plan” that would allow for the importation of prescription drugs from foreign markets: 1) States, wholesalers, or pharmacists could develop pilot projects to facilitate the importation of certain drugs from Canada; 2) manufacturers could reroute certain versions of FDA-approved drugs originally sold in foreign markets back into the U.S. at lower prices. This is bad plan.Read More
Rumored proposals being considered in Congress would institute a government-imposed inflation rebate on Medicare Part D medicines, which would put the program’s successful market-based structure at risk. For seniors who rely on the program to access innovative medications, this is unacceptable…Read More
Recently, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) introduced S. 977, the “Transparent Drug Pricing Act.” This bill is another attempt to curb prescription drug prices by starting a race to the bottom. S. 977 would prevent pharmaceutical companies from charging a retail price for a drug that is higher than the lowest cost for the same drug found in five other countries: Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom (U.K.). This scheme links drug prices on prices paid in a handful of countries with socialized medicine, where government bureaucrats undervalue and tightly ration access to lifesaving drugs developed here in America. It’s a ridiculous, dangerous idea that flies in the face of the President’s promise to unleash free market forces into the health care industry, and put a stop to decades of exploitation of U.S. intellectual property by foreign governments.
Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity Urges Opposition to S. 977, the Transparent Drug Pricing ActRead More
“A race to the bottom” that nobody wins. That might be the best way to describe a hastily drawn, Bernie Sanders-inspired “International Price Index” scheme by Health & Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to base U.S. Medicare Part B drug prices on prices paid in a handful of countries with…Read More
Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity (TAPP) applauds the efforts of Congress for passing the Music Modernization Act (MMA) last week. The Music Modernization Act creates a music licensing system and updates copyright law to help ensure songwriters are paid…Read More
It’s all about the jobs. And it’s all about jobs here in America. The confectionery industry is over-performing and creating jobs left and right, so, let’s break down how sweet it really is…Read More
Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity (TAPP) urges the Senate Banking Committee to include the amendment to S. 2098, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2017 (FIRRMA), that includes the REINS Act, during floor consideration. The REINS act provides Executive Branch accountability and ensures fair access to legitimate foreign investment in our economy.
Under past...Read More
TAPP supports a robust, codified and enforceable IP chapter in any modernized NAFTA agreement. As NAFTA negotiators rush to reach a mutually beneficial modernized agreement, we urge the USTR to immediately focus attention on the Intellectual Property (IP) chapter.
It is critical that any agreement in principle includes the highest possible IP standards consistent with those put forth..Read More
On this Thursday, April 26, we celebrate World IP Day. The event, started by the Global Innovation Policy Center is an annual celebration of innovation, creative ideas, and all the laws that protect intellectual property (IP). This year, World IP Day will be centered around some of the strongest women in the industry.
The theme “Powering Change: Women and innovation and creativity,”...
To keep advancing our market and our economy, it is crucial that we advocate for proper legal reforms that benefit our consumers, taxpayers and all the small-business owners across the country. The Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity, along with other organizations, directed a letter to senators and representatives, urging them to support the Sugar Policy Modernization Act of 2017, S. 2086...Read More
The third round of negotiations for the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came to an end over the past weeks – and trade officials from the U.S, Canada, and Mexico managed to reach consensus on some matters. However, a level of skepticism still remains as the three countries have yet to discuss the most divisive issues, such as the arbitration panels for disputes established in NAFTA’s...Read More
As renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) begin to take place, a concerning scenario in which the United States decides to withdraw from the agreement has become main discussion among industries, trade associations, and the millions of workers whose jobs would be affected if the U.S walked out of NAFTA.
The agreement, which was established in 1994 with our...Read More