Does the pharmaceutical sector have a coresponsibility for the human right to health?
Source TitleCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
PublisherCambridge University Press
University of Melbourne Author/sSchroeder, Doris
AffiliationSchool of Historical and Philosophical Studies
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsSchroeder, D. (2011). Does the pharmaceutical sector have a coresponsibility for the human right to health? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 20(2), 298 - 308.
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2011 Cambridge University Press. Online edition of the journal is available at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=CQH
The highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental human right, which has been part of international law since 1948. States and their institutions are the primary duty bearers responsible for ensuring that human rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled. However, more recently it has been argued that pharmaceutical companies have a coresponsibility to fulfill the human right to health. Most prominently, this coresponsibility has been expressed in the United Nations (UN) Millennium Goal 8 Target 4. “In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries.”
Keywordsglobal ethics; medicine; intellectual property rights
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