Director, Next System Project
Reclaim Public Medicine for Public Health
A statement released Thursday by a group that includes Next System Project director Dana Brown calls for redesigning our pharmaceutical sector so that it is accountable to the public to meet public health needs, rather than to the profit demands of corporate shareholders.
“Medicines were long considered a public good, off-limits to corporate profiteering, price-gouging, and monopolizing,” the statement reads. “It is time for us to reclaim them as such.” The statement offers four steps toward a public-centered pharmaceutical system, including open science practices, full-cycle public drug development, compulsory licensing and public ownership of vaccine development.