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TRIPS Part II: International Trade meets Public Health: TRIPS and Access to Medicines, Abridged Case Solution & Answer

This Case is about FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT, POLICY, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, STRATEGIC PLANNING

PUBLICATION DATE: March 07, 2008 PRODUCT #: HKS482-HCB-ENG

Possibly the most extensively discussed EXCURSIONS-related problem was the discussion over the impact of the deal on attempts in order to improve public health in the developing world. Some developing countries maintained that EXCURSIONS patent rules prevented them from having access to vital medications, problems that were intensified by the dramatic rise in the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Non-profit organizations such as Doctors without Borders accused drug companies of placing “patents over individuals.” Discussions ensued at the WTO to address these issues. HKS Case Number 1736.3

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