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Author Sellin, Jennifer Anna, author
Title Access to medicines : the interface between patents and human rights : does one size fit all? / Jennifer Anna Sellin
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom : Intersentia Publishing Ltd., [2014]
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  K3260.3 .S45 2014    AVAILABLE    30660020139007
Descript xvi, 493 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series School of Human Rights research series ; volume 64
School of Human Rights Research series ; v. 64
Note Originally presented as the author's thesis (Ph.D.)--Universiteit Maastricht, 2014
Includes bibliographical references (pages 461-490)
"Millions of people worldwide lack adequate access to medicines, particularly in developing countries where resources are scarce with devastating human, social and economic consequences. The example of HIV/AIDS, for which treatment has advanced so significantly in the last decade that a diagnosis no longer necessarily brings with it a death sentence, highlights the importance of ensuring that essential medicines are affordable and accessible to all. This book focuses on one aspect of access to medicines: the affordability of essential medicines, and its connection to human rights and patents. The argument often made is that patent protection for medicines results in higher prices which negatively impacts access. Patients having no or inadequate access to affordable medicines endangers the full realisation of human rights, particularly the right to health. This book investigates this issue from a legal perspective, taking both an international and domestic angle. This study examines the interface of access to affordable medicines and patent protection from the perspective of international human rights law and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) within the framework of the World Trade Organisation. The essential question posed by this book is whether access to medicines and patent protection conflict or coexist. The discussion is deepened by including a developing country approach. Three country studies have been conducted, on South Africa, India and Uganda. These aim to provide a concrete insight into whether these countries recognise and acknowledge the interplay between patents and human rights with respect to access to medicines. Secondly these studies examine whether TRIPS leaves sufficient freedom for (developing) states to adopt a patent system suited to their domestic needs, enabling them to strike a fair balance between access to medicines and patent protection for medicines. In other words: does one size fit all?"--Back cover
Introduction & methodology -- Access to medicines : the problem -- A human right of access to medicines? -- The TRIPS Agreement : patent protection for pharmaceuticals -- The interface between patents and human rights in the context of access to medicines -- Access to medicines in South Africa -- Access to medicines in India -- Access to medicines in Uganda -- Findings, conclusions and recommendations
Subject Right to health
Pharmaceutical policy
Medical care, Cost of -- Law and legislation
Human rights
Drugs -- Patents
Patents (International law)
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