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A health professional's guide to the intersection of public health with intellectual property rights in trade and investment: the case of tobacco plain packaging
Univ Cambridge, Sch Clin Med, Cambridge, England;Gonville & Caius Coll, Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1TA, England.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences.
Univ Copenhagen, Dept Publ Hlth, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2019 (English)In: Journal of Public Health Policy, ISSN 0197-5897, E-ISSN 1745-655XArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Intellectual property law is a crucial determinant of global public health, capable of both endangering and facilitating advances in the health of populations. This Viewpoint explains the most important aspects of the interaction between intellectual property law and public health. We use the plain packaging of tobacco products to illustrate how public health policies may be subject to scrutiny under existing trade and investment law structures. Plain packaging of tobacco products is challenging to implement due to legal complexities and uncertainties surrounding the status of mandated plain packaging for consumer products. While the tobacco industry and its proponents once relied on the denial of scientific evidence to delay legislation and influence consumers, its tactics have shifted to the use of trade threats and investment disputes, directly challenging the sovereignty of governments to enact bona fide public health measures to improve the health of their population.

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2019.
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Commercial determinants, Disease prevention, Health policy, Intellectual property, Tobacco control
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397689DOI: 10.1057/s41271-019-00195-0ISI: 000493939000001PubMedID: 31685934OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-397689DiVA, id: diva2:1372333
Available from: 2019-11-22 Created: 2019-11-22 Last updated: 2019-11-22Bibliographically approved

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