In an effort to control the spread of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, adopted the South African government a controversial patent law so to import the effect of the land or produce much needed AIDS drugs at a much lower cost than normally would be available. The pharmaceutical industry and the government of the United States to think of these laws, it would undermine the importance of protecting intellectual property rights. The United States eventually impose … Read more »

In an effort to control the spread of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, adopted the South African government a controversial patent law so to import the effect of the land or produce much needed AIDS drugs at a much lower cost than normally would be available. The pharmaceutical industry and the government of the United States to think of these laws, it would undermine the importance of protecting intellectual property rights. The United States finally sanctions against South Africa. An uneasy truce was finally reached, and South Africa in 1999 as amendments to the patent law. The United States position softened in response to the extent of the epidemic and the need for medicines in South Africa to offer at affordable prices, and the President of the United States announced an executive order prohibiting sanctions.
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Robert Tancer,
Susan Talley
Source: Thunderbird School of Global Management
20 pages.
Release Date: 1 August 2000. Prod #: TB0177-PDF-ENG
AIDS in South Africa: Patents against people HBR case solution