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Access to Medicine in the Global Economy: International Agreements on Patents and Related Rights

Cynthia Ho


The issue of how patents impact medicine has increased in significance within the last decade. The conclusion of a landmark international agreement (TRIPS) has increased attention on how patents impact access to medicine, but this new focus has not always led to productive results. Discussions concerning the impact of access to medicine often degenerate into finger-pointing. Patent owning companies are often vilified as greedy corporations that place profits above people while those who advocate greater access to drugs are accused of stealing private property. These accusations seem to be base ... More

Keywords: patents, TRIPS, medicine, drugs, private property, innovation, property right

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195390124
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390124.001.0001


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Cynthia Ho, author
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
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