Dilemmas in access to medicines: a humanitarian perspective – Authors' reply

Lancet 387 (10073):1008-1009 (2017)
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Our Viewpoint argues that expanding access to less effective or more toxic treatments is supported not only by utilitarian ethical reasoning but also by two other ethical frameworks: those that emphasise equality and those that emphasise giving priority to the patients who are worst off. The inadequate resources available for global health reflect not only natural constraints but also unwise social and political choices. However, pitting efforts to reduce inequality and better fund global health against efforts to put available resources to their best use mistakes complementary objectives for conflicting ones.

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Govind Persad
University of Denver


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