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

Rochelle Dreyfuss and César Rodríguez-Garavito


This book focuses on the debates concerning aspects of intellectual property law that bear on access to medicines in a set of developing countries. Specifically, the chapters 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 e ... More

Keywords: intellectual property law, medicines, developing countries, patent rights, pharmaceuticals, trade secrets, data, transnational activism, human rights, international institutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199676743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199676743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rochelle Dreyfuss, editor
Pauline Newman Professor of Law, New York University

César Rodríguez-Garavito, editor
Director, Program on Global Justice and Human Rights, University of los Andes

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Part I Country Studies

Chapter 3 Brazil and the Case of Patents and Access to Medicines: A Medical Condition?

Mônica Steffen Guise Rosina and Adelina de Oliveira Novaes

Chapter 6 A Golden Straitjacket?

César Rodríguez-Garavito

Part II Commentaries