International medicines governance 1940s to 1970s : lessons for public health

Townsend, Belinda 2016, International medicines governance 1940s to 1970s : lessons for public health, Critical public health, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 466-476, doi: 10.1080/09581596.2015.1103837.

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Title International medicines governance 1940s to 1970s : lessons for public health
Author(s) Townsend, Belinda
Journal name Critical public health
Volume number 26
Issue number 4
Start page 466
End page 476
Total pages 11
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0958-1596
Keyword(s) public health
access to medicines
medicines policy
Summary Public health advocates aim to maximise affordable access to good quality essential medicines. This goal often conflicts with the profit-seeking ambitions of the pharmaceutical industry. Since the World Trade Organisation’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights agreement, the extension and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights has become the dominant discourse in global medicines governance. Public health advocates operating within this framework face significant obstacles and challenges. This paper presents an historical perspective to the contemporary debate over medicines and patents by examining the evolution of international medicines governance between the 1940s and 1970s. This research indicates that debates around IP and medicines were more advanced in terms of equity and access in the 1960s and 1970s than they are today. While acknowledging the existence of obstacles and challenges for advocates, the paper argues that alternative frameworks can and should be reasserted in global debates about medicines governance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09581596.2015.1103837
Field of Research 160508 Health Policy
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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