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May 20, 2016

Author: Daniel Halliday
Manuscript title: “Inheritance: Justice and the Right to Bequeath.”
Commentators: Anne Alstott (Yale Law School), Richard Arneson (Univ. of California, San Diego), Heidi Hurd (University of Illinois Law).


April 29, 2016

Author: Jessica Flanigan
Manuscript title: “Liberal Medicine” 
Commentators: Sarah Conly (Bowdoin College), David Sobel (Syracuse University) , Alex Tabarrok (George Mason University).

This manuscript is the first sustained philosophical analysis of pharmaceutical ethics. The central argument is that the principles that warrant respect for patients’ rights in other areas of medicine require wide-ranging reforms to pharmaceutical regulation. Specifically, the very reasons that justify the doctrine of informed consent, the right to die, the right of self-preservation, and rights to make intimate and personal decisions, also justify rights to access pharmaceuticals. In all developed countries, if a competent and informed patient decides to refuse pharmacological treatment, even if refusal is medically risky, her physician must respect her decision. If a physician or public official coerced or tricked her into making a medically advisable decision it would be a serious breech of professional ethics. Yet if a competent and informed patient wishes to access pharmaceuticals against medical advice, pharmaceutical regulators and physicians are legally empowered to stand in his way. “Liberal Medicine” makes the case that this inconsistency is unwarranted and concludes that prohibitive pharmaceutical policies are unjust.

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