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Paris, December 9th-10th-11th 2010
Drugs, Standards and the Practices of Globalization

An international conference of the European Science Foundation Program DRUGS 
organized by Cermes3 (Centre de Recherches Médecine, Sciences, Santé et 
Société) with the support of Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.

To be held in Paris on December 9th-10th-11th 2010
Reid Hall 4, rue de Chevreuse 75006 PARIS - Tel 01 43 20 33 07
Information and inscription
Maurice Cassier (cassier@vjf.cnrs.fr)
Jean-Paul Gaudillière (gaudilli@vjf.cnrs.fr)

Globalization has become a major issue in studies of contemporary science 
and medicine. The range of problems investigated is vast including the 
surveillance of new epidemics, the development of health markets crossing 
national and continental boundaries, the internationalization of medical 
research, the rising economic power of countries like Brazil, China or India 
and their mounting role in the production of therapeutic agents, the 
conflicts about biological resources and drug intellectual property, or the 
renewed interests in traditional systems of medicine and local knowledge. 
Drugs, their invention, making and uses, have a central role in the new 
globalization of diseases and remedies. Global standardization has therefore 
emerged as a marker and occasional topic of analysis, for instance with 
investigation about the delocalization of clinical trials, the relationship 
between national regulation agencies, or the standardization activities of 
the World Health Organization.

However most studies tend to forget that globalization in general, 
international drug management and standardization in particular are not new 
processes and practices. The present globalization is just the last phase in 
a long history. Global drug making and standardization may for instance be 
traced back to the late 19th century when the rapid industrialization of 
pharmaceuticals met what the so-called second globalization with its cortege 
of world fairs, international conferences, new trade routes, capital export 
and colonization.

The aim of this workshop is to advance the discussion of both these 
historical routes and recent transformation in the global life of drugs and 
standards. The aim is however not to simply enlarge the frame of analysis, 
include international activities in the landscape, and reconsider the 
national boundaries of standardization. It is rather to address the complex 
interplay between standardization and the resistance to it, between local 
and global levels of production, regulation, and use. The circulation of 
knowledge and practices associated with the definition of good, efficient, 
valuable, usable, and profitable therapeutic agents did not merely made 
"things" available but changed them. The global government of drugs must not 
be equated with the creation of international boards or the appropriation of 
colonial raw materials but must be looked at various levels. Within the 
perspective of this workshop, special attention will be paid to the 
relations the essential practices of displacement and alignment have 
maintained, focusing on the tools involved in the making of global drugs, 
i.e. instruments, technical protocols as well as institutional arrangements.

The workshop will accordingly discuss issues like (the list is indicative 
and not exhaustive) : a) the activities and trajectory of international 
standardization and/or regulatory bodies like the Ligue of Nations, the 
World Health Oroganization or the World Intellectual Property Organization ; 
b) the history and contemporary transformation of pharmacopoeia ; c) the 
various ways in which the notion of basic health needs has been addressed 
and turned into operations, for instance with research programs or lists of 
“essential drugs” ; d) the making or unmaking of drugs targeting diseases 
like malaria or tuberculosis, which were once diseases of the North to 
become (neglected) diseases of developed countries.

Given the need for more systematic comparison of past and present 
globalization, one specific feature of this meeting will be to include 
historians as well as specialists in the various social sciences interested 
in the contemporary world of global drugs.

Provisional program Thursday, December 9th, 2010
Maurice Cassier and Jean-Paul Gaudillière, Wellcoming remarks
Arianna Ciula, Presentation of ESF
Session 1 - Drugs, globalization and the World Health Organization
Axel Hüntelmann, The Globalization of evaluation. Biological standardization 
within the German Institute for experimental therapy and the Standardization 
committee of the Hygiene Organization of the Ligue of Nations
Christoph Gradmann, Standardising Resistance. WHO and Antibiotic Sensitivity 
Testing in the 1960s
Michael Bresalier, Virus Strains and Vaccine Standards : Coordinating the 
World Health Organization’s Influenza Programme through the Developing Chick 
Egg, 1947-1957
Jeremy Greene, Standardizing pharmaceutical promotion at WHO, 1962-1988
German Velasquez, The acces to drugs between the new rules of international 
trade and the right to health
Comments and discussion : Elizabeth Fee
Session 2 - Globalizing industrial products : pharmaceutical firms and their 
Christian Bonah, ‘In the service of humanity’ : Film advertisement of German 
phamaceuticals for a global market, 1930-1960
Lea Haller, Local practices and global networks : Ciba’s search for 
Strophantus in West Africa
Tobias Cramer, Bayer’s “wonder drug” in Latin America. Marketing analgesics 
in the inter-war period
Miloud Kadar, Global vaccine market : the role of emerging manufacturers
Comments and discussion : Viviane Quirke
Friday, December 10th, 2010
Session 3. Global diseases, global remedies
Susan Craddock, The production and distribution challenges of new 
tuberculosis drugs
Jean-Hervé Bradol, Resistant malaria treated by mediation from Asia to 
Guillaume Lachenal, The social lives of Pentamidine. Hypes, hopes, amnesia 
and neglect from colonial medicine to global health
Floriane Blanc, From Melarsoprol to NECT. Innovation, standardization and 
the treatment of African Human Trypanosomiase
Comments and discussion : Alice Desclaux (to be confirmed)
Session 4. Regulation and international standards for drugs
Adriana Petryna, Risk and the competitive logic of global clinical trials
Boris Hauray, European integration and the internationalisation of drug 
Loes Knaapen, International standardization of local guideline development
Sophie Chauveau, The limits of global standards in the blood industry
Christopher Lantenois, WHO prequalification : challenges and impacts on the 
suppliers of ARVs
Comments and discussion : Volker Hess
Saturday, December 11th, 2010
Roundtable and general discussion with Iris Borowy, Pratik Chakrabarty, 
Benjamin Coriat, and Cori Hayden

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