Smart International Reform Action: The Health Impact Fund

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Smart International Reform Action: The Health Impact Fund

Smart International Reform Action: The Health Impact Fund - Dr. Thomas Pogge

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
041 Haldeman Center, Kreindler Conference Center
Intended Audience(s): Public
Originally from Germany, Thomas Pogge received a PhD in philosophy from Harvard in 1983. Since then, he has taught philosophy, political science, and ethics at universities around the world. Pogge has written extensively on political philosophy, especially on Rawls, Immanuel Kant, cosmopolitanism, and, more recently, extreme poverty. His book World Poverty and Human Rights (Polity, 2002, 2nd edn. 2008) is widely regarded as one of the most important works on global justice. In 2008, he co-authored The Health Impact Fund (HIF), which lays out the plan to make life-saving medicines accessible for everyone. The Health Impact Fund (HIF) is a new way of stimulating research and development of life-saving pharmaceuticals. To provide wide access to the most effective pharmaceuticals, prices need to be affordable. Low prices, however, do not create strong incentives for innovators to invest in research and development. Financed mainly by governments, the HIF would offer pharmaceutical firms the option to be rewarded according to a new product.s health impact, if they agree to sell it at cost. He is currently Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs at Yale.
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