[Ip-health] New Book: Pharmaceutical Autonomy and Public Health in Latin America

Matthew Flynn matthewflynn2 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 13 08:14:25 PST 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I just published a book about Brazil's efforts to supply high-priced
antiretrovirals and the challenges the country faced in terms of
technology, patents, and politics.

The book is available from the publisher here (
http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9781138832534/) and also on other

"Brazil has occupied a central role in the access to medicines movement,
especially with respect to drugs used to treat those with the human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes the acquired immune deficiency
syndrome (AIDS). How and why Brazil succeeded in overcoming powerful
political and economic interests, both at home and abroad, to roll-out and
sustain treatment represents an intellectual puzzle.

In this book, Matthew Flynn traces the numerous challenges Brazil faced in
its efforts to provide essential medicines to all of its citizens. Using
dependency theory, state theory, and moral underpinnings of markets, Flynn
delves deeper into the salient factors contributing to Brazil’s successes
and weaknesses, including control over technology, creation of political
alliances, and instrumental use of normative frameworks and effectively
explains the ability of countries to fulfill the prescription drug needs of
its population versus the interests and operations of the global
pharmaceutical industry

*Pharmaceutical Autonomy and Public Health in Latin America *is one of the
only books to provide an in-depth account of the challenges that a
developing country, like Brazil, faces to fulfill public health objectives
amidst increasing global economic integration and new international trade
agreements. Scholars interested in public health issues, HIV/AIDS, and
human rights, but also to social scientists interested in Latin America and
international political economy will find this an original and thought
provoking read."

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