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India and the Patent Wars

Pharmaceuticals in the New Intellectual Property Regime

Murphy Halliburton

Publisher: Cornell University Press
Pages: 202
eBook ISBN: 9781501713477


India and the Patent Wars contributes to an international debate over the costs of medicine and restrictions on access under stringent patent laws showing how activists and drug companies in low-income countries seize agency and exert influence over these processes. Murphy Halliburton contributes to analyses of globalization within the fields of anthropology, sociology, law, and public health by drawing on interviews and ethnographic work with pharmaceutical producers in India and the United States.


Murphy Halliburton is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of Mudpacks and Prozac.


"Halliburton ably describes the arcana of patent law while at the same time keeping his sights on the daunting, critical stakes of the issue: the continued accessibility of therapeutic know ledge for global public health. For this achievement, India and the Patent Wars is a crucial read for anyone interested in the global politics of health."
- Medical Anthropology Quarterly