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Pharmaceutical Freedom: Why Patients Have a Right to Self Medicate

Jessica Flanigan


If a competent adult refuses medical treatment, physicians and public officials must respect her decision. Coercive medical paternalism is a clear violation of the doctrine of informed consent, which protects patients’ rights to make medical decisions even if a patient’s choice endangers her health. The same reasons for rejecting medical paternalism in the doctor’s office are also reasons to reject medical paternalism at the pharmacy. Yet coercive medical paternalism persists in the form of premarket approval policies and prescription requirements for pharmaceuticals. This book defends patient ... More

Keywords: informed consent, medical paternalism, patient autonomy, pharmaceutical ethics, drug policy, bodily rights

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190684549
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190684549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica Flanigan, author
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law, University of Richmond