Journal of Business Ethics 68 (2):143-151 (2006)

Lawrence Masek
Ohio Dominican University
In a recent contribution to this journal, Patrick Tully criticizes my view that the doctrine of double effect does not prohibit a pharmaceutical company from selling a drug that has potentially fatal side-effects and that does not treat a life-threatening condition. Tully alleges my account is too permissive and makes the doctrine irrelevant to decisions about selling harmful products. In the following paper, I respond to Tully’s objections and show that he misinterprets my position and misstates some elements of the doctrine of double effect. I also show how the doctrine constrains some decisions about marketing drugs with potentially fatal side-effects.
Keywords consequentialism  foreseen effect  formal cooperation  intended effect  intention  intrinsic evil  material cooperation  natural law  principle of double effect  proportionality
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DOI 10.1007/s10551-006-9060-2
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