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Medical MonopolyIntellectual Property Rights and the Origins of the Modern Pharmaceutical Industry$
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Joseph M. Gabriel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226108186

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226108216.001.0001

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The Ambiguities of Abundance

The Ambiguities of Abundance

(p.153) Chapter Five The Ambiguities of Abundance
Medical Monopoly

Joseph M. Gabriel

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the growing importance of patents and trademarks to the pharmaceutical industry during the 1890s, the increased willingness of ethical manufacturers to innovate and commercially introduce new products, and the continuing importance of German manufacturers on the American market. It also describes the acceptance of patenting within the medical community, the widespread concern in professional pharmacy about unfair drug prices, early efforts to establish resale price maintenance, and continuing efforts at therapeutic reform. Finally, this chapter argues that during the 1890s generic names began to be an important factor in the drug market for the first time.

Keywords:   patents, trademarks, therapeutic reform, pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical industry, medical ethics, unfair competition, generic names, resale price maintenance

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