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Pharmaceutical FreedomWhy Patients Have a Right to Self Medicate$
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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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The Politics of Self-Medication

The Politics of Self-Medication

(p.142) 5 The Politics of Self-Medication
Pharmaceutical Freedom

Jessica Flanigan

Oxford University Press

Patients can advocate for rights of self-medication in several ways. First, patients should be included in the process of drug development and should not be prohibited from developing and testing treatments on their own or privately funding medical research. Second, patients can use social media to advocate for access to new drugs and drug approval. Third, patients have a moral right to engage in civil disobedience and to illegally access and distribute pharmaceuticals. Fourth, citizens should support large-scale patient activism, such as the ACT UP and right to try movement. Fifth, officials should advocate for political reforms to protect patients’ rights of self-medication, even if such reforms lack democratic support.

Keywords:   patient advocacy, civil disobedience, Plan B, medical marijuana, AIDS activism, right to try

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