Medicine as a public good topic of McKinney book talk, CLE

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor Fran Quigley will speak about his latest book, “Prescription for the People: An Activist’s Guide to Making Medicine Affordable for All,” the school announced Wednesday.

The Faculty Book Talk event will take place Nov. 16 in the Wynne Courtroom at Lawrence W. Inlow Hall, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis. The lecture will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing at 6 p.m. in the atrium. The event, which carries with it one hour of Indiana CLE with a registration, is free and open to the public.

In the book published by Cornell University Press, Quigley argues that medicine should not be treated as private property, but instead as a public good, like education or infrastructure. In the work, he advocates for a shift in the global and U.S. approach to developing and providing essential medicines.

He notes 10 million people die globally each year because they are unable to pay for medicines that would save them, and that patients and activists are aiming to make all essential medicines affordable by claiming them as a public good and a human right.

Quigley, a 1987 McKinney grad, teaches in the law school’s Health and Human Rights Clinic and is the founder of People of Faith for Access to Medicines.

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