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Fair Followers: Expanding Access to Generic Pharmaceuticals for Low- and Middle-Income Populations

16 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2006  

Kevin Outterson

Boston University School of Law

Abstract

On innovation grounds, pharmaceutical patents are unnecessary in low income populations, since such markets cannot do much to support global pharmaceutical profits. The public health needs of low income populations require patented drugs to be manufactured at the marginal cost of production, without R&D cost recovery. Nonrivalrous access to pharmaceutical knowledge achieves both goals simultaneously.

Keywords: pharmaceutical, pricing, patents, innovation, nonrivalrous, access, developing countries, low income countries

JEL Classification: H41, H51, I18, K11, K19, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Outterson, Kevin, Fair Followers: Expanding Access to Generic Pharmaceuticals for Low- and Middle-Income Populations. THE POWER OF PILLS, Jillian Clare Cohen, Patricia Illingworth, Udo Schuklenk, eds., University of Michigan Press, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=908586 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.667323

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