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Pills for the Poorest

An Exploration of TRIPS and Access to Medication in Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors: Cloatre, E.

  • Interdisciplinary crosses law, sociology, economics and public health
  • Strong international appeal
  • Innovative use of ActorNetwork Theory, a methodology much of interest to academics and researchers
  • Part of the Palgrave Macmillan SocioLegal Studies series
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The desperate need for a vast part of the global population to access better medicines in more certain ways is one of the biggest concerns of the modern era.

Pills for the Poorest offers a new perspective on the much-debated issue of the links between intellectual property and access to medication. Using ethnographic case studies in Djibouti and Ghana, and insights from actor-network theory, it explores the ways in which TRIPs and pharmaceutical patents are translated in the daily practices of those who purchase, distribute, and use (or fail to use) medicines in sub-Saharan Africa. It suggests that focusing on routine practices and the material deployment of intellectual property significantly enriches our understanding of the complex dynamics that animate the field of access to medicines and helps relocate the role of law within those processes. It demonstrates how intellectual property affects access to medicines in ways that are often discreet, indirect and forgotten. By exploring these complex mechanisms, it seeks to ask questions about the modes of actions of pharmaceutical patents, but also, more generally, about the complexity of legal objects.

About the authors

Emilie Cloatre is a Senior Lecturer at Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK.


Reviews

Cloatre's book is an insightful and valuable addition to not just socio-legal studies, but also the broader literature on pharmaceuticals and the social implications of global trade. Pills for the Poorest demonstrates why and how methodological innovation beyond traditional and even socio-legal ways of thinking about law remains essential. Such innovation can help to reveal blindspots in our understanding of law's production by and within, and interaction with, the social and political, and in doing so it serves to highlight that law is neither determinate nor reducible to those or indeed other things, but is rather part of a complex web.' - Mark Flear, School of Law, Queen's University Belfast

'Although the book is slim, its contribution is weighty, timely, and convincing.' - Socio Legal Studies, December 2014

In an area...with such extensive literature, it is refreshing to find a different approach taken to understanding the problem and its processes. An approach which has not been selected merely for its novelty, but applied in a meaningful and justified way, with its appropriateness clearly outlined in the book's introduction.' - Journal of Law and Society, November 2014

'Pills for the Poorest is a fascinating book.' - New Genetics and Society, July 2014

"As a text itself, the book has potential to reshape the thinking of readers from a wide range of fields, from law, science studies, healthcare policy, and beyond." - Review by Laura Stark of the New Books Network 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Global IP and Pills for the Poorest

    Cloatre, Emilie

    Pages 1-10

  • TRIPS as Assemblage

    Cloatre, Emilie

    Pages 11-44

  • From Global Scripts to Local Translation

    Cloatre, Emilie

    Pages 45-64

  • From IP to Public Health in Djibouti and Ghana

    Cloatre, Emilie

    Pages 65-90

  • Pharmaceutical Patents as Silent Regulatory Tools: Escaping Branded Drugs in Djibouti

    Cloatre, Emilie

    Pages 91-115

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pills for the Poorest
Book Subtitle
An Exploration of TRIPS and Access to Medication in Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Socio-Legal Studies
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31327-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137313270
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-28284-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 224
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