General Introduction and Overview

Chapter

Abstract

Access to essential medicines has become the single most important issue on the agenda for policy makers in Sub-Saharan Africa (hereinafter SSA or Africa). This book deals with the complex issue of whether global patent protection has had negative and devastating impacts on persons in Africa facing challenges of access to essential medicines. It focuses on the pandemic situations in SSA by unravelling some of the not-so-evident patent regulatory lapses that impede access to medicines in Africa. It underscores the point that the patent system over-relies on property rights and/or efficiency-based utilitarian justifications with little or no regard to the social importance of limits on patent rights. Equally the patent system, which is the most widely used form of juridical control of pharmaceuticals, privileges private property interests over the public interest to deliver medicines to those who need them the most. This traditional bias in favour of private proprietary interests in turn undermines the policy objective of patent law to promote social benefits. To achieve the social benefit goals of a functional (i.e. a well balanced) patent regulatory regime, the globalized pharmaceutical patent system should be equitable and human-development oriented. This book will explore ways to achieve this objective.

Keywords

World Trade Organization Supra Note Patent System Deliberative Democracy International Patent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of GhanaAccraGhana

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