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Healing a Sick System: From Big Pharma to Our Pharma

Expanding democratic ownership

Imagine a world in which insulin and PrEP—the revolutionary one-a-day preventative HIV pill—were available to all who needed them at prices they could easily afford. Imagine that the effective Lyme disease vaccine once available was still on the market, and that new drugs consistently provided new clinical benefits, not just new prices.

In this world, there would be no artificial scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, or tests needlessly prolonging the pandemic and upping the body count. Pharmaceutical manufacturing plants would be considered critical infrastructure, and retail pharmacies would be run for the benefit of their workers and local communities.

That world is eminently possible, and it could be built from a foundation of democratic, public ownership in the pharmaceutical sector. 

Publication date: 2022-03-14
Parent publication: Nonprofit Quarterly
Publication URL: https://nonprofitquarterly.org/healing-a-sick-system-from-big-pharma-to-our-pharma/

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