Access to Medicines in the Era of Patents

Sama, as a part of its ongoing work on access to medicines, developed a policy brief which examines the cycle of drug development and the impact on accessibility and affordability of drugs when product patents are granted on the drugs; the conflicts between public health and the commercial interests of multinational pharmaceutical companies; and the importance of implementing and using the law to make medicines accessible. As we all know that the patents on pharmaceuticals have a big impact on the accessibility and affordability of patented medicines, making it difficult for developing countries to realize and secure the right to health for all.

We would be happy if you can use the policy brief in your work, campaigns and capacity building programmes on access to medicines and health rights work. This brief is in both Hindi and English languages developed by Veena Johari for Sama.

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