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Balancing Wealth and Health: The Battle Over Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Latin America

Edited by: Rochelle Dreyfuss, Cesar Rodriguez-Garavito

ISBN13: 9780199676743
Published: March 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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This book focusses on the debates concerning aspects of intellectual property law that bear on access to medicines in a set of developing countries. Specifically, the contributors look at measures that regulate the acquisition, recognition, and use of patent rights on pharmaceuticals and trade secrets in data concerning them, along with the conditions under which these rights expire so as to permit the production of cheaper generic drugs. In addition, the book includes commentary from scholars in human rights, international institutions, and transnational activism. The case studies presented from 11 Latin American countries, have many commonalities in terms of economics, legal systems, and political histories, and yet they differ in the balance each has struck between proprietary interests and access concerns. The book documents this cross-country variation in legal norms and practice, identifies the factors that have led to differences in result, and theorizes as to how differentials among these countries occur and why they endure within a common transnational regulatory regime. The work concludes by putting the results of the investigations into a global administrative law frame and offers suggestions on institutional mechanisms for considering the trade-offs between health and wealth.

Intellectual Property Law, Medical Law
1. Pharmaceutical Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Access to Medicines in Ecuador: State Sovereignty and Transnational Advocacy Networks
2. The Recursivity of Global Lawmaking in the Struggle for an Argentine Policy on Pharmaceutical Patents
3. CAFTA, Intellectual Property and the Right to Health in Central America
4. Balancing Wealth and Health: The Case of Chile
5. Constructing and Contesting the Global Intellectual Property Legal Field: The Struggle over Patent Rights and Access to Medicines in Colombia
6. Balancing Health and Wealth: The Case of Patents and Access to Medicines in Brazil
7. The Influence of the Andean Intellectual Property Regime on Access to Medicines in Latin America
8. The Rights-Based Approach to Intellectual Property And Access To Medicine: Parameters and Pitfalls
9. Public Participation in US Special 301 Actions
10. Going Local: Downshifting in the Era of TRIPS Implementation
11. Applying Human Rights Law
12. The Missing Role of WIPO