No provisions in USMCA to change U.S. pharmaceutical patent laws: Lighthizer


FILE PHOTO: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer discusses the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) as U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin look on during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

(Reuters) – The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has no provisions that would force changes to U.S. laws with respect to pharmaceutical companies, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Tuesday.

“To the extent that a member (of Congress) thinks anything in here will stop you from changing laws, then we have to correct that,” Lighthizer said at a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee.

Reporting by Chris Prentice; Editing by Susan Thomas



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