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Access to Medicine in the Global EconomyInternational Agreements on Patents and Related Rights$
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Cynthia Ho

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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Looking Toward the Future

Looking Toward the Future

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(p.355) 12 Looking Toward the Future
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Access to Medicine in the Global Economy
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Cynthia M. Ho (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390124.003.0013

This chapter focuses on possible new approaches to dealing with the longstanding problem of how patents may impact short-term access to medicine. To emphasize why new approaches are necessary, it begins with an overview of current and forthcoming tensions in the global debate concerning access to medicine. It then focuses on a few approaches that have been proposed thus far. Although there are many possible solutions to the problem of providing more low-cost medicines, the chapter focuses on a few that help highlight other themes in the book. In particular, it explains how each proposal reflects a certain perspective that may have an impact not only on its possible adoption, but also to counter-proposals.

Keywords:   patents, access to medicine, patent law, global debate

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