The WHO has a crucial role in coordinating the global response to pandemics and health emergencies, but this important work is undermined by strategic incoherence and an ideological approach to policymaking.
Despite the important role of intellectual property rights in incentivizing innovation, the patenting of pharmaceutical innovation is frequently accused of impeding access to medicine.
Trade tensions between the US and China continue to escalate and the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the global forum of the management of trade rules and disputes, seems powerless to stop them. The WTO’s multilateral, rules-based trading system has underpinned huge increases in global prosperity
Download One person. Two hands. Left and right. Both are likely to look pretty similar to one another. But look for a little longer, and it is clear that they are not identical. Place one on top of the other and the key difference becomes
Putting two medicines together to treat a single disease is a cornerstone of modern medicine. The treatment of tuberculosis was transformed in the 1950s when Sir John Crofton devised his ‘Edinburgh Method’, in which patients were simultaneously dosed with multiple drugs, each with different but
Editor's note: This article on Global intellectual property rules first appeared in The Hill on the 3th May 2017. The Trump administration’s trade policy strategy, aiming for “free and fair” trade, has largely taken aim at unfair trade practices in traditional industries such as dairy, lumber, and
The stronger domestic intellectual property framework introduced into India in 2005 to meet its commitments under the WTO Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS) was an institutional shock to Indian biopharmaceutical companies, which entirely disrupted the industry business model. India’s biopharmaceutical industry is now