Philip Morris action sharpens TPP concerns

A LEGAL challenge to Australia’s tobacco plain-packaging laws in Singapore has underscored concerns about the impact of a new multinational trade agreement on the country’s health system.

Doctors’ groups and public health specialists are worried by the secrecy around key provisions of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), despite assurances from Trade Minister Andrew Robb that he is demanding a "carve-out" for health and environment matters.

“We remain concerned about the cost of pharmaceuticals and medical devices and the sovereignty of