The Relationship between the Spanish Government and the Pharmaceutical Company (Gilead) during the Hepatitis C crisis in Spain

  • Serena Alonso García University Carlos III (Madrid)
Keywords: Gilead, Hepatitis C, Patent, Private-Self Regulation, Sovaldi™, TRIPS Agreement, Welfare States


This research note investigates the pattern of governance that underpinned the management of the Hepatitis C crisis that took place in Spain in 2014. By navigating through the facts, one can see how the private interests of a multinational company – Gilead, the patent holder of the new treatment for the Hepatitis C virus – were capable of exerting pressure on Spain, a highly developed state, to a point where the government applied measures that contradicted the country’s Constitution and caused 4000 avoidable deaths. Different theories of governance will be used to try to explain the new dynamics. The main conclusion of this research note is that the power of the state is diminishing in many cases, and that this has consequences for the public interest and the population in general.

Author Biography

Serena Alonso García, University Carlos III (Madrid)

Serena Alonso is a student at the University Carlos III (Madrid). She is studying for a double degree in Law and Political Science and she will be moving to the United Kingdom the following academic year in order to continue her studies at the University of Bristol. She has a strong interest in human rights and international affairs, having been an intern for the United Nations in summer of 2018 and for the Spanish Ministry of Justice in summer of 2019.


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How to Cite
Alonso García, S. (2020). The Relationship between the Spanish Government and the Pharmaceutical Company (Gilead) during the Hepatitis C crisis in Spain. Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, 45, 90-98.
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