There has been much concern that Australian citizens and residents are being ripped off on the price of medicines by multinational pharmaceutical drug companies. And the problem is only likely to be exacerbated by global trade deals -- like the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a regional agreement under negotiation at the moment, involving a dozen countries across the Pacific Rim, including Australia and the United States. The secret trade agreement covers a score of topics -- including such matters as intellectual property, investment, transparency in health procedures, and trade in services.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will have a significant impact upon the health of everyone in the Pacific Rim -- particularly their ability to buy affordable medicines.