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RFI: What is TRIPS and what role does it play in global trade?(2)
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For a good explanation of TRIPS (Trade related aspects of intellec-
tual property rights) go to the WHO website http://who.int.medicines/ 
(Globalization, TRIPS and access to pharmaceuticals, March 2001) 
http://www.who.int/medicines/docs/pagespublications/hiv_relatedpub.htm
(Pharmaceuticals and the WTO TRIPS agreement: questions and answers).

You will find easily understandable answers to frequently asked ques-
tions about TRIPS, its meaning, application, obligations for develop-
ing countries and implications. Some further readings are also recom-
mended.

There are provisions for access to cheaper drugs for emergencies 
through Compulsory Licensing or Parallel Import (see other WHO publi-
cations on the same site). These provisions were challenged by the 39 
drug companies in the recent South African court case.

Beverley Snell
International Health Unit
Macfarlane Burnet Centre for Medical Research
P O Box 254 
Fairfield Vic, Australia 3078
Tel: +61-3-9282-2115 / 9282-2275
Fax: +61-3-9482-3123
mailto:bev@burnet.edu.au

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