[Ip-health] New Book: Unpacking the Issue of Counterfeit Medicines

Sangeeta ssangeeta at myjaring.net
Tue Jun 1 03:31:28 PDT 2010



Title : New Book: Unpacking the Issue of Counterfeit Medicines
 Date : 17 May 2010

 Contents: 

THIRD WORLD NETWORK        http://www.twnside.org.sg


New Book Release

Unpacking the Issue of Counterfeit Medicines

By K M Gopakumar and Sangeeta Shashikant

Publisher: TWN (ISBN: 978-967-5412-23-3)

Year: 2010 No. of pages: 72

ABOUT THE BOOK

Numerous anti-counterfeiting initiatives driven by an intellectual property
enforcement agenda have emerged in international organisations.
      The World Health Organisation has also accelerated action against
Œcounterfeit medicines¹, through the International Medical Product
Anti-Counterfeit Taskforce (IMPACT). The WHO¹s approach has resulted in
concerns that legitimate generic medicines may get caught up in the web of
definitions and enforcement of Œcounterfeit products¹, with adverse
consequences for access to medicine as well as legitimate trade.
      This book discusses the background to the issue of Œcounterfeit
medicines¹ in the WHO as well as the problems of using the term
Œcounterfeit¹ (in connection with intellectual property rights violations)
to refer to products with compromised quality, safety and efficacy issues
against a background of anti-counterfeiting initiatives in the context of IP
enforcement aggressively being pushed by businesses and governments of the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
      The book also discusses origins of the IMPACT and analyses issues and
concerns about the Taskforce pertaining to legitimacy, transparency,
accountability, links to IP enforcement, and the creation of barriers to
trade in, and access to, affordable generic medicines.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

DR K M GOPAKUMAR is a legal adviser to the Third World Network based in
India.

SANGEETA SHASHIKANT is a legal adviser to the Third World Network.

Contents

Chapter 1. INTRODUCTION

Chapter 2. WHO AND COUNTERFEIT DRUGS

Chapter 3. ANTI-COUNTERFEITING INITIATIVES
                  3.1 G-8 Countries¹ Initiatives on Counterfeits
                  3.2 Initiatives of the US Government
                  3.3 Initiatives of the European Union
                  3.4 World Customs Organisation
                  3.5 Interpol
                  3.6 World Intellectual Property Organisation
                  3.7 Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
                  3.8 Industry and the IP Enforcement

Chapter 4. INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL PRODUCT ANTI-COUNTERFEIT TASKFORCE

                  4.1 Establishment, Organisational Structure and Outcomes
                  4.2 IMPACT and the IP Enforcement Agenda
                  4.3 Participation, Transparency and Standard-Setting
Activities 
                        4.3.1 Participation
                        4.3.2 Transparency
                        4.3.3 Standard-Setting Activities
                        4.3.4 TRIPS-Plus Agenda
                        4.3.5 Non-Tariff Barriers: Undermining Generic and
Production  Parallel  Trade
                        4.4. IMPACT: Faulty Approach

Chapter 5. COUNTERFEIT: MEANING AND DEFINITION
                   5.1 IFPMA-WHO Definition
                   5.2 IMPACT¹s Definition of Counterfeit in 2007
                   5.3 IMPACT¹s Definition of Counterfeit in 2008
                   5.4 Implications for Access to Medicines

Chapter 6. COUNTERFEIT AND PROBLEM OF DATA

Chapter 7. CONCLUSION

Annexure 

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