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Global Health ImpactExtending Access to Essential Medicines$
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Nicole Hassoun

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780197514993

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780197514993.001.0001

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Individual Responsibility for Promoting Global Health

Individual Responsibility for Promoting Global Health

The Case for a New Kind of Socially Conscious Consumption

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(p.105) 4 Individual Responsibility for Promoting Global Health
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Global Health Impact
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Nicole Hassoun

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197514993.003.0004

If Global Health Impact labeling is successful, it will give companies a reason to produce drugs that will save millions of lives. One might wonder, however, whether consumers have any moral obligation to purchase goods from Global Health Impact–certified companies or whether purchasing these goods is even morally permissible. The fourth chapter suggests that, if the proposal is implemented, there is reason to purchase goods from Global Health Impact–certified companies. It defends something along the lines of this argument: (1) pharmaceutical companies violate rights and (2) do not do enough to address the access to medicines issue, so (3) if the Global Health Impact initiative helps rectify these problems, people should generally purchase goods from certified companies.

Keywords:   moral obligation, rights violation, ethical consumption, labeling, certification

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