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Author Godoy, Angelina Snodgrass, author.

Title Of medicines and markets : intellectual property and human rights in the free trade era / Angelina Snodgrass Godoy
Published Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, [2013]


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 183 pages)
Series Stanford studies in human rights
Stanford studies in human rights.
Contents Trading health for wealth -- A primer on pharmaceutical IP -- Market failures and fallacies -- Local politics, strange bedfellows, and the challenges of human rights mobilization -- Patient advocacy and access to medicines litigation -- Writing globalization's rulebook
Summary "Central American countries have long defined health as a human right. But in recent years regional trade agreements have ushered in aggressive intellectual property reforms, undermining this conception. Questions of IP and health provisions are pivotal to both human rights advocacy and 'free' trade policy, and as this book chronicles, complex political battles have developed across the region. Looking at events in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Guatemala, Angelina Godoy argues that human rights advocates need to approach intellectual property law as more than simply a roster of regulations. IP represents the cutting edge of a global tendency to value all things in market terms: Life forms--from plants to human genetic sequences--are rendered commodities, and substances necessary to sustain life--medicines--are restricted to insure corporate profits. If we argue only over the terms of IP protection without confronting the underlying logic governing our trade agreements, then human rights advocates will lose even when they win"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Drug accessibility -- Central America
Pharmaceutical policy -- Central America
Right to health -- Central America
Intellectual property -- Central America
Drugs -- Patents
Free trade -- Central America
Human rights -- Central America
Health services accessibility.
Human rights.
Intellectual property.
Drug and Narcotic Control
Health Services Accessibility
Human Rights
Intellectual Property
Pharmaceutical Preparations
intellectual property.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Industries -- General.
Health services accessibility
Drug accessibility
Free trade
Human rights
Intellectual property
Pharmaceutical policy
Right to health
Central America
Central America
Genre/Form Patents
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2012043945
ISBN 9780804786577