Kill Or Cure?

Life 5 - Kill Or Cure?
The recent history of drug patents in India has had a significant impact on world health. For over fifteen years, India has been largely self-sufficient as a manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals. Poor families benefited from India's historic 1970 Drug Patent Law, which granted patents on the process rather than the product. Low costs means it's also been a major supplier in producing affordable drugs for the rest of the developing world, especially Africa and Asia.

Now, India's $4.5 billion pharmaceutical industry is at a crossroads following a new law introduced there in January 2005. TRIPS (Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) is an agreement drawn up by the World Trade Organization between 1986 and 1994 to ensure intellectual property rights are respected within international trade. The government says that despite the new law, they are committed to supplying drugs at an affordable price. But those actually working in the health system have doubts.

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Citation

Main credits

Mohan, Reena (film director)
Malde, Smita (editor of moving image work)
Kelly, Brenda (film producer)
Bower, Dick (film producer)
Andoh, Adjoa (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Smita Malde; executive producer, Brenda Kelly; series producer, Dick Bower.


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Distributor subjects

Anthropology
Asian Studies
Business Practices
Ethics
Globalization
HIV/AIDS
Health
Human Rights
Humanities
India
Millennium Development Goals
Science, Technology, Society
Social Justice
Sociology
United Nations

Keywords

India, India's pharmaceutical industry, drug patents, world health, generic phamaceuticals, generic drugs, drug patent law, developing world, Africa, Asia, TRIPS, WTO, HIV/ AIDS, affordable drugs, intellectual property rights, international trade, health system; "Kill Or Cure?"; Bullfrog Films