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

Author Godoy, Angelina Snodgrass,
Series Stanford studies in human rights
Stanford studies in human rights.
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.
Drug and Narcotic Control -- Central America.
Health Services Accessibility -- Central America.
Human Rights -- Central America.
Intellectual Property -- Central America.
Pharmaceutical Preparations -- Central America.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 183 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780804786577 (electronic bk.)
0804786577 (electronic bk.)
9780804785600 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0804785600 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780804785617 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0804785619 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 846551598
Additional Format Print version: Godoy, Angelina Snodgrass. Of medicines and markets. Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2013 9780804785600 (DLC) 2012043945 (OCoLC)815873489

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