Access to affordable medicines in low- and middle-income countries is key to achieving adequate healthcare. A key strategy in this agenda is the promotion of generic drug competition to reduce the price of pharmaceutical products and increase access to needed medicines. Across Latin America, there is wide variation about how “generics” are defined and put on the market. Elize Massard da Fonseca will present her ongoing research on the political economy of generic drug regulation in Latin America, as well as the challenges she has faced in conducting this comparative, multilevel analysis.
Elize Massard da Fonseca is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration, Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil. Her research spans social science, economics, and public health, with a focus on the political economy of health products and services, formulation and implementation of health policies in Brazil, and HIV/AIDS control policy. She is a visiting scholar at the UC Berkeley Center for Latin American Studies.