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Patenting of Pharmaceuticals and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Laws, Institutions, Practices, and Politics by Poku Adusei

Published By: New York and Heidelberg: Springer
ISBN: 978-3-642-32514-4
Date of Publication: 2013


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Reviewed by: Nicoli Nattrass of Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.51.2.544.r10
Review Pages: 561-62

Book Review Abstract

Nicoli Nattrass of Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town reviews, "Patenting of
Pharmaceuticals and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Laws, Institutions, Practices, and Politics" by Poku
Adusei. The Econlit abstract of this book begins: "Examines the need to reconstruct the globalized patent regime to address public health and development challenges that confront the citizens of countries in sub-Saharan Africa,focusing on the threats posed by HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis epidemics. Discusses exploring the conceptual domains for patent discourse in global trade relations; evolutionary trajectories of patents and the politics of exclusion in sub-Saharan Africa; the "myth'' of patent justifications - triumph and failure dichotomy in the North and South; patent regulatory and institutional mechanisms in sub-Saharan Africa; pharmaceutical patents, the right to health, and constitutional supremacy in sub-Saharan Africa; and pharmaceutical patents and human development in sub-Saharan Africa. Adusei is Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law, Land Law, Company Law, and Private International Law at the University of Ghana, Legon."


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Nicoli Nattrass of Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town


JEL Classifications

I10: Health: General
L65: Chemicals; Rubber; Drugs; Biotechnology
O14: Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
O17: Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
O19: International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
O34: Intellectual Property Rights


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