The political and ethical challenge of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis

Chris Degeling, Christopher Mayes, Wendy Lipworth, Ian Kerridge, Ross Upshur

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This article critically examines current responses to multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and argues that bioethics needs to be willing to engage in a more radical critique of the problem than is currently offered. In particular, we need to focus not simply on market-driven models of innovation and anti-microbial solutions to emergent and re-emergent infections such as TB. The global community also needs to address poverty and the structural factors that entrench inequalities-thus moving beyond the orthodox medical/public health frame of reference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-113
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Tuberculosis
  • Radical critique
  • Global health ethics
  • Infectious disease
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry


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