Pharmacy of the Developing World
“Lessons from the Evolution of India’s Patent Law”
About the Book:
It is pertinent to highlight that the future of Indian access to medicine regime largely depend upon several factors and developments which have been discussed in the book. Unless the Indian government seriously revisits its policy options, Indian generic drugs will face a setback amidst the implementation of new patent law. The flexibilities and safeguard provisions of Indian patent law cannot effectively work in isolation and there is a pressing need to reform global patent norms and practices to provide better incentives and a regulatory structure for access to essential medicines. Existing approaches taken at multilateral forums have largely failed and should be completely revamped. The work thus suggests policy recommendations to the Indian Government, the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization and the World Intellectual Property Organization, to streamline and coordinate their efforts in the area of patents for access to medicines.
The question of India’s continuing role as the pharmacy of the developing world is the central theme of the book. Placing the ‘access to medicines’ problematique in the Indian context, Author has tried to provide an analysis of India’s future as a leading generic manufacturer with the help of case studies portraying a broader picture of access to essential medicines in developing countries. Highlighting the significance of Indian generic supplies for the most vulnerable populations of world, the Indian case studies are used to show some inherent inadequacies and shortcomings of the global patent law architecture.
About the Author:
Dr. Aziz ur Refman is an Assistant Professor of law at International Islamic University, Islamabad. He received the degree of L.L.B (Hons) Shariah & Law form International Islamic University; the L.L.M in European Intellectual Property Laws from Stockholm University, Canberra, Australia. He is currently working as Legal Advisor to the President of International Islamic University, Islamabd. For 3 years, he has served as the Legal & Policy Advisor with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Geneva, Switzerland. Before going to Australia for his PhD, Dr. Aziz started teaching and providing research supervision to students at IIUI since year 2001. He also got the opportunity to be a teaching Assistant at ANC College of Law. The Australian National University, Australia Dr. Aziz has also worked as Advisor (Law as Policy) with the Network for Consumer Protection, Islamabad. He has successfully completed the course “Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property” organized by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the course on “Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution” organized by the United Institute of Training and Research.
His main areas of research and association are: Intellectual Property & Commercial Law, International Trade relating to Public Health Products & Services, Pharmaceutical Innovation & Regulations, Tobacco Control Legislation, Breastfeeding & Child Nutrition Regulations, Consumers Protection Law & Policy, Access to Justice & Governance, and Constitutionals and Accountability Laws.
Dr. Aziz provides consultations in the areas of: General Civil & Commercial Laws, Health Legislation, Intellectual Property & International Trade and Alternative Dispute Regulation Mechanisms. Dr. Aziz work has been published in prestigious international scholarly papers. Others Include, chapters in published books, and several published reports related to significant policies.
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