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Jessica Flanigan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190684549

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190684549.001.0001

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Rethinking Prescription Requirements

Rethinking Prescription Requirements

(p.64) 3 Rethinking Prescription Requirements
Pharmaceutical Freedom

Jessica Flanigan

Oxford University Press

Pharmaceutical policy should not discriminate between legitimate and illegitimate drug users, meaning that patients should have access to drugs for medical and non-medical purposes. This principle supports greater access to deadly and addictive drugs. But even if one doesn’t accept the argument that people should have legal access to deadly and addictive drugs, people should at least be permitted to access safe and non-addictive drugs for medical and non-medical uses. People have especially urgent claims to access drugs that protect people from harm and save lives. And there is a role for prescription requirements in limited cases. Dangerous and addictive drugs should remain behind the counter to prevent children and mentally incompetent people from accessing them. Finally, antibiotics should be regulated by a prescription system because antibiotics misuse could violate others’ rights.

Keywords:   prescription requirements, self-medication, euthanasia, recreational drugs, antibiotics, neuroenhancements, preventive medicine

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