International Drug Control Limits Access to Medicines: A Human Rights Breach?

Marie Elske Gispen The interface between the human rights and drug control frameworks is subject to much international debate and controversy. This is particularly the case in the context of access to controlled medicines: serious negative health, socioeconomic, and human rights consequences can occur with insufficient access to pharmaceuticals. Consumption data reveals that between 2010-2014 there was a global health inequity: internationally controlled opioid analgesics, such as morphine for pain…

International Drug Control Limits Access to Medicines: A Human Rights Breach?

Marie Elske Gispen The interface between the human rights and drug control frameworks is subject to much international debate and controversy. This is particularly the case in the context of access to controlled medicines: serious negative health, socioeconomic, and human rights consequences can occur with insufficient access to pharmaceuticals. Consumption data reveals that between 2010-2014 there was a global health inequity: internationally controlled opioid analgesics, such as morphine for pain…

World Health Day: Power Imbalances and Inequalities Big Part of Poor Mental Health

Dainius Puras Every year, World Health Day falls on 7 April, the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Each year, WHO observes this occasion by promoting an important global health issue. This year, the theme is “Depression: Let’s Talk”. This theme emerges from a broader series of recent global and regional processes to bring mental health from the periphery to the core of health systems and…

World Health Day: Power Imbalances and Inequalities Big Part of Poor Mental Health

Dainius Puras Every year, World Health Day falls on 7 April, the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Each year, WHO observes this occasion by promoting an important global health issue. This year, the theme is “Depression: Let’s Talk”. This theme emerges from a broader series of recent global and regional processes to bring mental health from the periphery to the core of health systems and…

New WHO Leader Will Need Human Rights to Counter Nationalistic Populism

Eric Friedman and Lawrence O. Gostin The need for WHO leadership on human rights—and for global leadership on health and human rights beyond WHO—has always been present, yet has become ever more pressing. A reactionary, nationalist populism has been gaining momentum, particularly in the United States and parts of Europe, and some of its most disturbing features, such as xenophobia and disregard for international law and institutions, are surfacing elsewhere.…

How We Fix This: The Case for a Publicly Financed Medicines Research System

Fran Quigley “OK, but tell us what we would replace it with.” The response in the online comments section following one of my articles on access to medicines may have been a bit curt, but the point was well-taken. Virtually no one who is not a pharmaceutical corporation CEO likes the current medicines system, with its ever-climbing prices causing deadly access barriers. But the question remains: are medicine patent monopolies and the resulting high patient costs…

How We Fix This: The Case for a Publicly Financed Medicines Research System

Fran Quigley “OK, but tell us what we would replace it with.” The response in the online comments section following one of my articles on access to medicines may have been a bit curt, but the point was well-taken. Virtually no one who is not a pharmaceutical corporation CEO likes the current medicines system, with its ever-climbing prices causing deadly access barriers. But the question remains: are medicine patent monopolies and the resulting high patient costs…

Drug Prices and FDA Reform on Trump’s Radar

Fran Quigley President Donald Trump’s meeting with pharmaceutical industry executives on 31 January signalled his intention to force down drug prices, but as a sweetener to the industry he is also looking at easing drug regulatory processes. Reports of the meeting included contradictory and seemingly ill-informed statements that confused anyone trying to discern how the new President will respond to the global medicines access crisis. On the heartening side, Trump stated…

The Right to Peace: From Ratification to Realization

Donna J. Perry, Christian Guillermet Fernández, and David Fernández Puyana On 19 December 2016, the Declaration on the Right to Peace was ratified by the plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in a majority vote by its Member States (Resolution A/71/189). This resolution had previously been adopted by the UNGA Third Committee on 18 November 2016 in New York and the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 1 July 2016…

The Right to Peace: From Ratification to Realization

Donna J. Perry, Christian Guillermet Fernández, and David Fernández Puyana On 19 December 2016, the Declaration on the Right to Peace was ratified by the plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in a majority vote by its Member States (Resolution A/71/189). This resolution had previously been adopted by the UNGA Third Committee on 18 November 2016 in New York and the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 1 July 2016…