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Pricing and Patents of HIV/AIDS Drugs in Developing Countries

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Borrell, Joan-Ramon

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Abstract This paper provides empirical evidence on the impact of patents on drug prices across developing countries. It uses sales data on HIV/AIDS drugs in a sample of 34 low and middle-income countries between 1995 and mid-2000. The main findings are that patents do shift drug prices up, that drug prices are correlated to per capita income levels, and that drug firms follow a skimming strategy when pricing new HIV/AIDS drugs. That is, there is across country and intertemporal price discrimination in the global drug markets.
Document language English
Publication Year 2007
Page/Pages p. 505-518
Journal Applied Economics, 39 (2007) 4
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)