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Thursday, May 17 • 09:00 - 10:15
Making Safe Online Access to Affordable Medication Real: Addressing the UN Human Rights resolution for access to essential medicines

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During RightsCon 2017 the Brussels Principles on Medication Sales Over the Internet were created during a workshop, titled Online Access to Affordable Medication: Applying Human Rights Law to Cyber Rule-Making and Internet Governance. The Brussels Principles address safe and affordable purchase of medications using the Internet. While these principles have been socialized over the past year, bringing them back to RightsCon for further engagement, collaboration and development is appropriate given the global benefit of such principles if adopted and implemented.

At RightsCon 2018, expert panelists on digital rights, human rights, consumer rights, jurisdiction and Internet distance care – along with those in attendance at our session – will bring ideas and recommendations to refine and improve upon the 2017 Brussels Principles. The output from this session will move the principles one step closer to becoming the global standard that make delivery of safe, affordable medications using the Internet a reality.


Ron Andruff

As President of ONR Consulting, Ron brings more than 30 years of international marketing experience and 20 years of Internet policy development at ICANN, offering essential insight and crucial strategic advice to businesses watching and wondering how the development of the Internet... Read More →


Aria Ilyad Ahmad

Aria is a policy advisor at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research at York University. Since 2014, he has also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization's Department of Essential Medicines and Health Products. Aria is a past Duke University Global Health Fellow... Read More →

Tracy Cooley

Tracy Cooley has more than 20 years of experience working on behalf of patients by leading numerous national campaigns focused on raising awareness for key policy issues, expediting the development of cures and treatments, and promoting education resources and support to improve health... Read More →
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Robert Guerra

CEO, Privaterra
Robert is a Spanish and Canadian national that has over 15 years of experience developing solutions related to Internet governance, human rights, digital security and Internet freedom. Robert is the founder of Privaterra, a Toronto-based company that works with private industry and... Read More →

Jillian Clare Kohler

Jillian Clare Kohler, PhD is a Professor at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Munk School of Global Affairs. She is also Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Governance, Transparency and Accountability in the Pharmaceutical... Read More →
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Gabriel Levitt

President and Co-founder, PharmacyChecker.com and Prescription Justice
Mr. Levitt provides strategic direction and manages business operations, development, and research for PharmacyChecker.com. He is a public advocate for prescription drug affordability in America, Internet freedom, and the United Nations. He has testified before Congress on issues... Read More →

Shivam Patel

Dr. Shivam Patel is the Director of Pharmacy Verification and Information st Pharmacychecker.com. Shivam provides expert knowledge regarding safe pharmacy practice, quality assurance, drug safety, and patient access to affordable medication. He is a registered pharmacist in Massachusetts... Read More →
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Tim Smith

General Manager, CIPA
Tim has over 40 years of experience in public relations, government relations and marketing, and has worked as a senior manager at a number of leading media companies in Canada.  He joined the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) in 2009 where he provides strategic... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 09:00 - 10:15 EDT