Patents, Progress, and Commercialized Medicine

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Thu., Mar. 20, 2014, 7:30pm

Patents, Progress, and Commercialized Medicine
Jim Brown, Professor of Philosophy at University of Toronto
Thursday, March 20 2014, 7:30 PM
Alumni Hall, New Academic Building, University of King’s College, 6350 Coburg Rd., Halifax, NS
Part 4 of The Lives of Evidence national lecture series

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Recent headline-making studies indicate that there is a crisis in medical research. Health issues are increasingly dominated by commercial interests, and this jeopardizes research, evidence and, ultimately, peoples’ health. Patentable solutions, typically drugs, are proposed for health problems while other approaches are ignored. This raises pressing questions: How can we ensure high-quality medicine in light of corporate research funding and massive financial conflicts of interest? How does this effect medicine, ethics, public policy, and politics? Is socialized medical research a viable solution?

Supported by:
University of King’s College History of Science and Technology Programme, Dalhousie University Department of Philosophy and Health Law Institute with in-kind support from NovelTech Ethics and the NS Health Research Foundation