August 2012, Volume 18 No 8 pp1155-1302
The time for pharmaceutical compulsory licensing has expired
Randall Kuhn & Reed F Beall
06 August 2012
The compulsory license mechanism is broken and will not bring drug access to the world’s poorest nations. It’s time to consider another option—a tax levied on patents—to fund drugs for developing countries, rather than the erratic compulsory licensing mechanism.