Sound radical? For most of human history, that’s exactly how it worked.
by Fran Quigley, published on The Other 98%, April 19, 2018
“For nearly all of human history, across different cultures and governments and moral and faith traditions, medicines have been considered a public good. It was both immoral and illegal to treat medicines as a commodity to be monopolized and used to price gouge sick and desperate people.
“And yet here we are, with a system in which people suffer and die because they can’t afford their medicines. Pharmaceutical corporations are making obscenely high profits off the back of this deadly system, thanks in large part to charging prices that are hundreds of times what it cost to make the medicines, but even when we discuss solutions, a for-profit system is taken for granted.
“It shouldn’t be. If we want to truly solve this crisis, it can’t be. But saying so doesn’t have to be radical; just the opposite. We can find a better future for affordable medicines in large part by simply looking to what worked for centuries. …” See complete article here.
Fran Quigley directs the Health and Human Rights Clinic at Indiana University McKinney School of Law and coordinates People of Faith for Access to Medicines. He is the author of Prescription for the People: An Activist’s Guide to Making Medicines Affordable for All.