The Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Science will hold a workshop titled Taming the Pharmakon at the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway campus from Thursday, October 12 to Saturday, October 14, 2017. 

Participants in this invitation-only workshop will address the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry, concentrating specifically on the US, EU, and South America as well as concrete ways to reform the industry ethically, legally, scientifically, politically, and financially.

Pharmakon Poster

In order to work on that “big picture,” the invitees are all top scholars who have been working on pharma reform from within their respective fields and perspectives, and who have suggested specific strategies for reform in their work.

The Pharmakon is a vast undertaking; reforms proposed for one arena can be rapidly undone by developments in another arena; reformers rarely opt to address system-level considerations. By bringing scholars together in Rome, we hope to start an active conversation about whether and how strategies could or would be used, the ways in which they may conflict, possible remedies for these conflicts, or else strategies for interacting with policy makers, and specific ways forward that could promise to improve pharmaceutical research, production, and regulation.

Invited members of this workshop will therefore engage in an extended discussion of options on how to best address these trends in both the EU and the US, and Latin America. Attendees will take into account various issues such as intellectual property, monopoly control, the existing regulation of drug approval, bureaucratic impediments to rational drug comparisons, conflicts of interest, the transformation and regulation of research, the regulation of marketing, manipulation of clinical trial data, managed care, and consumer demand in an attempt to untangle the web of relationships that make up the systems operating today in the EU and the US. 


  • John Abraham (King's College London)
  • Lisa Cosgrove (University of Massachusetts - Boston)
  • Courtney Davis (King's College London)
  • Manuela Fernandez-Pinto (University of the Andes Center for Applied Ethics)
  • Jill Fisher (UNC School of Medicine)
  • Anna Geltzer (University of Notre Dame)
  • Janice Graham (Dalhousie University)
  • Stewart Hogarth (University of Cambridge)
  • Nuria Homedes (University of Texas Health Center)
  • Tom Jefferson (Oxford University)
  • Joel Lexchin (York University)
  • Donald Light (Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine)
  • Luca Marelli (European Institute of Oncology)
  • Phil Mirowski (University of Notre Dame)
  • Shai Mulinari (Lund University)
  • Edward Nik-Khah (Roanoke College)
  • Mark Robinson (Center for Health Policy and Ethics, Creighton University School of Medicine)
  • Marc Rodwin (Suffolk University Law School)
  • Sergio Sismando (Queen's University)

Participants can click here for the private conference portal. Please contact Phil Mirowski ( with any questions.