PHLB13H3 Lecture Notes - Asian Values, Health Impact Fund, Global Health

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15 Mar 2013
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Feminism Session 7
Canadian government
protects patents
Academics Standing Against Poverty
ASAP
status quo (SQ)
one of the most common methods of defense
there is no available alternative to SQ
(no alternative)
Bill C-398
(long story)
Pogge
comparison of pre-TRIPS and SQ
prefers pre-TRIPS over SQ
argues against TRIPS
poorest countries have thin layer of rich people who can afford medicine
poor can get (afford) medicine when patents expire, approx. 20 years later
admits that TRIPS does good things
notes that there is a feasible alternative to TRIPS
conclusion
it (TRIPS) is not morally acceptable because there is an alternative
argues for the Health Impact Fund (HIF)
asks serious moral questions
normative argument
some people will say that it’s unjust and others say that it’s acceptable
because some benefit to someone
ex. residential schools
some are marginally better off than they were
perhaps they could be even better off
main logical flaws in these arguments
Pogge argues for the HIF
possible alternative over the plus and minuses of the SQ
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One of the most common methods of defense there is no available alternative to sq (no alternative) Poorest countries have thin layer of rich people who can afford medicine. Poor can get (afford) medicine when patents expire, approx. Notes that there is a feasible alternative to trips. Conclusion it (trips) is not morally acceptable because there is an alternative. Argues for the health impact fund (hif) Normative argument some people will say that it"s unjust and others say that it"s acceptable. Ex. residential schools some are marginally better off than they were. Perhaps they could be even better off. Possible alternative over the plus and minuses of the sq. #3. rewards make products effective towards improving global health (over the selling of products) requires methods of measuring the health impact of the product. #4. drug companies are not required to be charitable. Pogge compares sq to trips and hif. Innovation (related to #1. ) sheer volume of the third world.

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