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Prescription For Profit: Is The Pharmaceutical Industry Is [Sic] Making A Killing?, Lee Moerman, Sandra Van Der Laan Feb 2014

Prescription For Profit: Is The Pharmaceutical Industry Is [Sic] Making A Killing?, Lee Moerman, Sandra Van Der Laan

Lee Moerman

The research based pharmaceutical industry, with the support of the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects on Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) has secured its longterm profitability. Using an economic rationalist argument of recovering research and development costs, pharmaceutical industry representatives have successfully argued for greater patent protection. This paper seeks to demonstrate how a powerful cartel of major global pharmaceutical companies through multilateral agreements and economic mechanisms protect their 'bottom lines'. The commodification of research and development resulting in the private ownership of intellectual property serves to transfer the responsibility for the health agenda to the market. This ...


Trips And The Pharmaceutical Industry: Prescription For Profit?, Lee C. Moerman, S. L. Van Der Laan Apr 2012

Trips And The Pharmaceutical Industry: Prescription For Profit?, Lee C. Moerman, S. L. Van Der Laan

Lee Moerman

The impact of global patent regulation in the form of the WTO’s TRIPS Agreement has far reaching effects for the research based pharmaceutical industry and global public health This paper explores the role of accounting in reinforcing the primacy of capital interests over global public interest by its ability to capture and measure an abstraction - knowledge. This commodification of knowledge serves to transfer the responsibility of the global health agenda to the market. However, this market based solution is not sensitive to many important issues faced by governments in relation to the global pharmaceutical research and development agenda, such ...


Launching Research: Experiences With And Achievements Of A Research Mentoring Platform For Academic Women, M. Barrett, Sara Dolnicar, M. Kaidonis, L. C. Moerman, Melanie J. Randle, C. Wood Apr 2012

Launching Research: Experiences With And Achievements Of A Research Mentoring Platform For Academic Women, M. Barrett, Sara Dolnicar, M. Kaidonis, L. C. Moerman, Melanie J. Randle, C. Wood

Lee Moerman

Due to the continuing under-representation of women in academic positions of higher rank, the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Wollongong tested a mentoring platform for female researchers. This article reviews the first eight months of the platform’s lifetime and analyses experiences, achievements and failures in both a qualitative and quantitative manner. The quantitative analysis is based on a benchmark survey at the first research platform meeting and a second follow-up survey after the eight-month test period. The majority of female researchers participating in the Women in Commerce Research Platform (WICRP) were already interested in the research component ...


Centrelink Prosecutions At The Employment/Benefit Nexus: A Case Study Of Wollongong, Freda Hui, Lee Moerman, Kathy Rudkin Apr 2012

Centrelink Prosecutions At The Employment/Benefit Nexus: A Case Study Of Wollongong, Freda Hui, Lee Moerman, Kathy Rudkin

Lee Moerman

This report examines financial and social issues pertaining to Centrelink prosecutions for overpayments of unemployment‐related social security benefits. Specifically, it examines the circumstances of prosecutions of those returning to work, and those in precarious casual employment. A sample of overpayment prosecutions in the Wollongong area of New South Wales from July 2008 to June 2010 is profiled and analysed.