Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and the Threat to Patients: A Plea for Doctors to Respond Internationally

Medicine and Law, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 299-310, 1998

7 Pages Posted: 21 May 2009

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Thomas Alured Faunce

Australian National University

Peter Drahos

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS); Queen Mary University of London, School of Law; School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet)

Date Written: May 20, 1998

Abstract

Many recent international agreements sponsored by bodies such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) aim to facilitate the global free flow of goods, services and capital, by opening markets under the threat of trade sanctions. Nation states signing such agreements, in particular the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agree to suffer a sovereignty deficit in order to enhance their trading prospects. In the resulting reorganization of trade, medicine may be marginalized as merely another industry that must open its regional doors in the interests of global corporate productivity. We make a plea for medical organizations to lobby in appropriate international fora to create 'hard' norms that ensure such international trade agreements adequately respect the demands of fundamental ethical principles of the doctor-patient relationship.

Keywords: TRIPS, international trade agreements, medical ethics, WTO, globalization, patents, intellectual property rights

Suggested Citation

Faunce, Thomas Alured and Drahos, Peter, Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and the Threat to Patients: A Plea for Doctors to Respond Internationally (May 20, 1998). Medicine and Law, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 299-310, 1998. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1407768

Thomas Alured Faunce (Contact Author)

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia
61 2 61253563 (Phone)

Peter Drahos

Australian National University (ANU) - Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

67-69 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London, WC2A 3JB
United Kingdom

School of Regulation & Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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