2014 – IP and Access to Essential Medicines – A Tenuous Link
Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Medicines: A Tenuous Link?
According to the World Health Organization,1 essential medicines are medicines that satisfy priority health care needs of a population, and they are selected with regard to disease prevalence, safety, efficacy, and comparative cost-effectiveness. In addition, they are intended to be available in functioning health systems at all times in adequate amounts, in appropriate dosage forms, with assured quality, and at affordable prices.
Author: Calvin W.L. Ho, Klaus M. Leisinger