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Rating Efforts to Extend Access on Essential Medicines: Increasing Global Health Impact<sup>1</sup>

Nicole Hassoun

in Health Inequalities and Global Justice

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748646920
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676682 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646920.003.0011
Rating Efforts to Extend Access on Essential Medicines: Increasing Global Health Impact1

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Global inequality impacts global health. The rich can, but the poor cannot, access many of the existing medicines they need. This paper considers the prospects for rating pharmaceutical companies' efforts to extend access on essential medicines to the poor. It argues that it is possible to design a good rating system – one that rewards highly rated companies for doing things that actually promote global health. It also suggests that practical work on promoting global health can yield interesting philosophical questions and conclusions by highlighting some of the normative choices that are important to address in developing a good rating system.

Keywords: Global Health; Pharmaceutical Companies; Access to Essential Medicines

Chapter.  6993 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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