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U.S. farmers' group says pharma, not dairy, is main obstacle to ratifying USMCA

Reference: FCC

OTTAWA - A leading U.S. farmers' organization says it wants the new North American trade agreement renegotiated to fix a major flaw — one that has nothing do with Canada's much-attacked supply-management system for dairy.

The National Farmers Union says the new deal's extended patent protection for new pharmaceuticals must be reduced so that less expensive generic versions of new drugs can be available to consumers sooner.

Patty Edelberg, the vice-president of the Washington-based group, says American farm families that face growing stress and shrinking markets need better access to affordable health care — which includes pharmaceuticals — than a greater slice of Canada's protected dairy market...Read More