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Human Rights Responsibilities of Pharmaceutical Companies in Relation to Access to Medicines

Lee, Joo-Young and Hunt, Paul (2012) 'Human Rights Responsibilities of Pharmaceutical Companies in Relation to Access to Medicines.' Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 40 (2). 220 - 233. ISSN 1073-1105

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Abstract

<jats:p>The Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) affirms that “the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being.” The Universal Declaration of Human Rights lays the foundations for the international framework for the right to health. This human right is now codified in numerous national constitutions, as well as legally binding international human rights treaties, such as the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.</jats:p><jats:p>Although medical care and access to medicines are vital features of the right to health, almost two billion people lack access to essential medicines, leading to immense avoidable suffering. Improving access to essential medicines could save 10 million lives each year, four million of them in Africa and South-East Asia alone. Gross inequity is a shocking feature of the world pharmaceutical situation.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
K Law > K Law (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Law, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2013 11:43
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2021 01:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/5864

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