Can International Patent Law Help Mitigate Cancer Inequity in LMICs?
AMA Journal of Ethics, Volume 22, Number 2: E102-111
8 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2021
Date Written: May 24, 2020
Although low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) bear 75% of the cancer burden globally, their available resources to treat cancer constitute less than 5% of global health resources. This inequity makes it imperative to take appropriate measures to treat and prevent cancer in LMICs, which should include consideration of trade and patent policies. This article highlights some impediments to effective use of existing policies to promote access to treatment and prevention measures in LMICs and offers recommendations about next steps.
Keywords: Pharmaceutical patent Law, access to medicines, LMICs
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