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AIDS Policy and Pharmaceutical Patents: Brazil's Strategy to Safeguard Public Health


  • Jillian Clare Cohen
  • Kristina M. Lybecker


Developing nations are challenged to strike a balance between their patent obligations as members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and their drug pricing strategies. The Brazilian approach to pharmaceutical price negotiations has been strikingly effective. Describing the context of the Brazilian pharmaceutical sector, their public health system and the Brazilian AIDS policy, this paper examines the Brazilian strategy vis-à-vis the international pharmaceutical manufacturers to explore why their tactics were successful and the potential for wider application by other developing countries. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2005.

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  • Jillian Clare Cohen & Kristina M. Lybecker, 2005. "AIDS Policy and Pharmaceutical Patents: Brazil's Strategy to Safeguard Public Health," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 28(2), pages 211-230, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:28:y:2005:i:2:p:211-230

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    1. John Gilbert & Thomas Wahl, 2002. "Applied General Equilibrium Assessments of Trade Libereralisation in China," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 25(5), pages 697-731, May.
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    1. Jan Peter Wogart, 2006. "Multiple Interfaces of Big Pharma and the Change of Global Health Governance in the Face of HIV/AIDS," GIGA Working Paper Series 24, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
    2. Kristina M. Lybecker, 2008. "Keeping it real: anticounterfeiting strategies in the pharmaceutical industry," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 29(5), pages 389-405.
    3. Olsen Tricia D. & Sinha Aseema, 2013. "Linkage politics and the persistence of national policy autonomy in emerging powers: patents, profits, and patients in the context of TRIPS compliance," Business and Politics, De Gruyter, vol. 15(3), pages 323-356, October.
    4. Schüren Verena, 2013. "What a difference a state makes: pharmaceutical innovation after the TRIPs agreement," Business and Politics, De Gruyter, vol. 15(2), pages 217-243, August.

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