Week 12: Vertinsky & Kocher

Week 12 focused on  HIV/AIDS and the law.

Liza Vertinsky from the Law School talked about patent pools that have been developed in an effort to bring down prices and increase accessibility to HIV/AIDS drugs in developing countries. A student in the class, Catherine Perez, posted this great video that helps simplify the rather complex process. Paula Kocher from the CDC talked about the ins and outs of partner notification programs (also called “contact tracing”). She also discussed the criminalization of people with HIV/AIDS who infect others and the treatment of HIV+ prisoners.

Reading:

  • Butler, Declan & Natasha Gilbert. “Drug Patent Plan Gets Mixed Reviews.” Nature. Vol. 457, No. 26. February 2009. 1064-1065.
  • Zimmeren, Esther van. “Patent Pools and Clearinghouses in the Life Sciences.” Trends in Biotechnology.  Vol. 29, No. 11, November 2011. 570-576.
  • Hoen, Ellen T. “Driving a Decade of Change: HIV/AIDS, Patents, and Access to All Medicines for All.” Journal of the International AIDS Society.  14:15, 2011. 1-12.
  • Gostin, Lawrence O. “Piercing the Veil of Secrecy: Partner Notification, the Right to Know, and the Duty to Warn.” AIDS Pandemic: Complacency, Injustice, and Unfulfilled Expectations. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. 167-178.
  • Gostin, Lawrence O. “The Criminal Law: Knowing or Willful Exposure to Infection.” AIDS Pandemic: Complacency, Injustice, and Unfulfilled Expectations. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. 185-198.

 

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