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Pharmaceutical Freedom: Why Patients Have a Right to Self-Medicate

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2018.01.21 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jessica Flanigan, Pharmaceutical Freedom: Why Patients Have a Right to Self-Medicate, Oxford University Press, 2017, 263pp., $39.95, ISBN 9780190684549. Reviewed by Jonathan Anomaly, University of Arizona Jessica Flanigan argues that prohibitive drug regulations are misguided, and that patients and consumers should have far more control over how much risk they're willing to incur in pursuing their medical goals. It is a jarring fact that in order to access most medications, consumers in many countries first have to ask the permission of doctors. Apart from prescription requirements, consumers in the United States are prevented from accessing drugs deemed too risky by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Flanigan sees this prohibitive system as a clear injustice, and recommends replacing it with either a free market for most drugs, or with a system in which agencies like the FDA certify drugs that. . .

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