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Limited use of compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals to protect public health

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Limited use of compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals to protect public health

Reed Beall and Randall Kuhn of the University of Denver, USA describe in this week's PLoS Medicine their findings from an analysis of use of compulsory licenses for pharmaceutical products by World Trade Organization members since 1995. Specifically, the authors investigated the impact of the 2001 Doha Declaration on trends in compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals. They highlight the need for further systematic evaluation of global health agreements.


Funding: No direct funding was received for this study. The authors were personally salaried by their institutions during the period of writing, though no specific salary was set aside or given for the writing of this paper. No funding bodies had any role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Citation: Beall R, Kuhn R (2012) Trends in Compulsory Licensing of Pharmaceuticals Since the Doha Declaration: A Database Analysis. PLoS Med 9(1): e1001154. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001154


Randall Kuhn

Josef Korbel School of International Studies

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

United States of America


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