Of Medicines and Markets

Of Medicines and Markets

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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 qfreeq 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 formsa€”from plants to human genetic sequencesa€”are rendered commodities, and substances necessary to sustain lifea€”medicinesa€”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.Civil society engagement in trade negotiations: CAFTA opposition movements in El Salvador. Latin American ... Improving innovation in medical technology: Beyond 2002. Rockville, MD: FDA. US. Government Accountability Office. 2006.

Title:Of Medicines and Markets
Author: Angelina Godoy
Publisher:Stanford University Press - 2013-06-05

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