Access to Medicines as a Moral Imperative and Human Right


Location: Carey Auditorium - Hesburgh Library (View on

Carey Auditorium – Hesburgh Library

Hosted by the Eck Institute for Global Health and in partnership with the President’s Office and ND Forum, Professor Fran Quigley of Indiana University McKinney School of Law will present “Access to Medicines as a Moral Imperative and Human Right.” His talk will focus on the challenge of ensuring both robust development of new medicines and access to medicines for those in need–a challenge that is present in our own U.S. communities and in communities across the world. The United Nations estimates that 10 million people die annually due to lack of access to essential medicines, including cancer medicines and vaccines, causing this issue to become a focus for the Vatican (“universal access to medicines is a moral obligation”) and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Prof. Quigley is the director of the Health and Human Rights Clinic at IU McKinney, has written on this issue for multiple international and national publications, including Foreign Affairs and America, is the founder of People of Faith for Access to Medicines, and is the author of the forthcoming, Prescription for the People: An Activist’s Guide to Making Medicines Affordable for All (Cornell University Press, 2017).

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