Stiglitz: Change intellectual property rights laws for medicine

26Dec06

Scrooge and intellectual property rights — Stiglitz 333 (7582): 1279 — BMJ:
At Christmas, we traditionally retell Dickens’s story of Scrooge, who cared more for money than for his fellow human beings. What would we think of a Scrooge who could cure diseases that blighted thousands of people’s lives but did not do so? Clearly, we would be horrified. But this has increasingly been happening in the name of economics, under the innocent sounding guise of “intellectual property rights.”

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