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The Introduction of Pharmaceutical Product Patents in India: "Heartless Exploitation of the Poor and Suffering"?

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  • Lanjouw, J.O.
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    The decision to require that countries grant product patents for pahrmaceutical innovations as a condition of membership in the World Trade Organization was very contentious. Almost fifty developing countries were not granting patent monopolies for drugs during the period the Uruguay Round of GATT was being debated and these countries fiercely resisted the inclusion of this requirement, claiming that vastly higher drug prices would be associated with such patents.

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    Paper provided by Yale - Economic Growth Center in its series Papers with number 775.

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    Length: 53 pages
    Date of creation: 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:fth:yalegr:775

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    Keywords: PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY ; PATENTS ; INNOVATIONS;

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    Cited by:
    1. Mazumdar, Mainak & Banerjee, Dyuti S., 2012. "On price discrimination, parallel trade and the availability of patented drugs in developing countries," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 188-195.
    2. Fink, Carsten, 2000. "How stronger patent protection in India might affect the behavior of transnational pharaceutical industries," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2352, The World Bank.
    3. Anton, James J. & Vander Weide, James H. & Vettas, Nikolaos, 2002. "Entry auctions and strategic behavior under cross-market price constraints," International Journal of Industrial Organization, Elsevier, vol. 20(5), pages 611-629, May.
    4. Di Vita, Giuseppe, 2013. "The TRIPs agreement and technological innovation," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 35(6), pages 964-977.
    5. Yang, Quanfa & Cheng, Liyun, 2008. "Import tariff, intellectual property right protection and foreign merger," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 25(6), pages 1225-1231, November.

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