Prescription for the People: An Activist's Guide to Making Medicine Affordable for All

Prescription for the People: An Activist's Guide to Making Medicine Affordable for All

by Fran Quigley

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501713750
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 11/15/2017
Series: Culture and Politics of Health Care Work
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Fran Quigley is Clinical Professor and Director of the Health and Human Rights Clinic at Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He is the author of If We Can Win Here, also from Cornell, How Human Rights Can Build Haiti, and Walking Together, Walking Far. He is the cofounder of People of Faith for Access to Medicines, pfamrx.org.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I
1. People Everywhere Are Struggling to Get the Medicines They Need
2. The United States Has a Drug Problem
3. Millions of People Are Dying Needlessly
4. Cancer Patients Face Particularly Deadly Barriers to Medicines
5. The Current Medicine System Neglects Many Major Diseases
Part II
6. Corporate Research and Development Investments Are Exaggerated
7. The Current System Wastes Billions on Drug Marketing
8. The Current System Compromises Physician Integrity and Leads to Unethical Corporate Behavior
9. Medicines Are Priced at Whatever the Market Will Bear
10. Pharmaceutical Corporations Reap History-Making Pro ts
Part III
11. The For-Profit Medicine Arguments Are Patently False
12. Medicine Patents Are Extended Too Far and Too Wide
13. Patent Protectionism Stunts the Development of New Medicines
14. Governments, Not Private Corporations, Drive Medicine Innovation
15. Taxpayers and Patients Pay Twice for Patented Medicines
Part IV
16. Medicines Are a Public Good
17. Medicine Patents Are Arti cial, Recent, and Government-Created
18. The United States and Big Pharma Play the Bully in Extending Patents
19. Pharma-Pushed Trade Agreements Steal the Power of Democratically Elected Governments
Part V
20. Current Law Provides Opportunities for Affordable Generic Medicines
21. There Is a Better Way to Develop Medicines
22. Human Rights Law Demands Access to Essential Medicines
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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