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Intellectual Property Rights Series 13

The IMPACT Counterfeit Taskforce, Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement and Seizure of Medicines

Edited by Sangeeta Shashikant

Publisher: TWN (ISBN: 978-967-5412-21-9)

Year: 2010   No. of pages: 72

ABOUT THE BOOK

In this sector, the introduction of stricter IP enforcement measures is sought, among others, through pursuing the agenda of combating “counterfeits”. This book looks at recent moves at the World Health Organisation (WHO) to seek endorsement of an initiative called the International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT) and its proposed definition of counterfeits. This approach has drawn criticism from many developing-country WHO members for seeking to address health issues relating to the quality and safety of medical products through an IP framework.

This book is a compilation of articles – most of which appeared in the South-North Development Monitor (SUNS), a daily bulletin on development issues published by the Third World Network – which examine the concerns expressed by developing countries and civil society over the anti-counterfeit drive and medicine seizures, and report on the lively recent debates on these subjects at WHO and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

1.   Introduction                                                                                         

2.   Counterfeit issue stirs debate among WHO member states             

3.    Approach to “counterfeit” drugs may affect access to medicines    

4.   WHO/Big Pharma counterfeit plans receive harsh criticism             

5.   Counterfeit taskforce may block legitimate access to generics        

6.   Concerns voiced over IMPACT, Secretariat’s role on “counterfeits” 

7.   Developing countries attack Dutch seizure of generic medicines     

8.   NGOs voice concerns to WHO, WTO on seizure of generic drugs  

9.   WHO Director-General willing to drop “counterfeit”, stresses on “substandard”      

10. Concerns voiced at TRIPS Council over seizure of drugs                 

11. TRIPS Council takes up public health, drug seizure issues              

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