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Title:The Doha Declaration and its impact on developing and least developed countries in particular Zambia
Author:Johnson-Mwenda, Marjorie Grace
Periodical:Zambia Law Journal (ISSN 1027-7862)
Geographic terms:Zambia
South Africa
Subjects:medicinal drugs
intellectual property
access to health care
Abstract:This article examines the question of patents, with particular reference to patented medicines, as an intellectual property right versus the right to health. The author makes a comparative analysis of how the issue has been dealt with at the international level as well as the local level, taking India, South Africa and Zambia as benchmarks. The article focuses mainly on patented antiretroviral medicines and how these countries have attempted to overcome the difficulty of access, particularly for poor people. It further examines access to medicines as a human right, with reference to the provisions of the Constitution of Zambia and international human rights instruments to which Zambia is a party. It also investigates the effects of measures like compulsory licence, enunciated in the Doha Declaration on pharmaceutical products, on this issue in developing and least developed countries. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]