Title
Can drug patents be morally justified? Can drug patents be morally justified?
Author
Publication type
article
Publication
Opragen ,
Subject
Philosophy
Sociology
Engineering sciences. Technology
History
Source (journal)
Science and engineering ethics. - Opragen
Source (book)
5th International Bioethics Conference, APR 23-24, 2004, Warsaw, POLAND
Volume/pages
11(2005) :1 , p. 81-92
ISSN
1353-3452
ISI
000226839800012
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper offers a few elements of an answer to the question to what extent drug patents can be morally justified. Justifications based on natural rights, distributive justice and utilitarian arguments are discussed and criticized. The author recognizes the potential of the patents to benefit society but argues that the system is currently evolving in the wrong direction, particularly in the field of drugs. More than a third of the world's population has no access to essential drugs. The working of the patent system is an important determinant of access to drugs. This paper argues that drug patents are not easily justified and that the 'architecture' of the patent system should be rethought in view of its mission of benefiting society.
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