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Global Health Impact: A Basis for Labeling and Licensing Campaigns?

By Nicole Hassoun

Abstract

Most of the world\u27s health problems afflict poor countries and their poorest inhabitants. There are many reasons why so many people die of poverty-related causes. One reason is that the poor cannot access many of the existing drugs and technologies they need. Another, is that little of the research and development (R&D) done on new drugs and technologies benefits the poor. There are several proposals on the table that might incentivize pharmaceutical companies to extend access to essential drugs and technologies to the global poor.1 Still, the problem remains – the poor are suffering and dying from lack of access to essential medicines. So, it is worth considering a new alternative. This paper suggests rating pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies based on how some of their policies impact poor people\u27s health. It argues that it might be possible to leverage a rating system to encourage companies to extend access to essential drugs and technologies to the poor

Topics: Philosophy
Publisher: The Open Repository @ Binghamton (The ORB)
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:orb.binghamton.edu:philosophy_fac-1010

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