TV News LIES

Sunday, Nov 19th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Health How Drug Companies Keep Medicine Out of Reach

How Drug Companies Keep Medicine Out of Reach

E-mail Print PDF

Big PharmaFor almost a decade, the United States has been standing in the way of an idea that could lead to cures for some of the world's most devastating illnesses. The class of maladies is known as neglected diseases, and they almost exclusively affect those in the developing world.

The same idea, if realized, might also be used in more affluent nations to goad the pharmaceutical industry into producing critical innovations that the free market has yet to produce - things like new antibiotics, which are likely to be used judiciously, and are unlikely to be wildly profitable.

But the idea, which advocates have outlined as a treaty, and which will have its fate decided next week at the World Health Organization (WHO) where it has languished for years amid bureaucratic tumult, is "good enough to be dangerous," in the words of one person close to the negotiations. It has thus drawn the fierce opposition of those who benefit most from the status quo, the pharmaceutical giants and the nations that claim them.

"It's a precedent. It's a competing paradigm," Jamie Love, 63, the director of Knowledge Ecology International, a progressive group agitating in favor of the idea, told me. "And the Obama administration, instead of wrapping its arms around it and trying to breathe some life into the future so we don't have $200,000 drugs, is killing it."

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Hidden camera shows how WWII veteran died after calling for help, gasping for air

James Dempsey dies gasping for air in nursing homeA decorated World War II veteran died gasping for breath while staff at his nursing home...

Researchers: CTE was detected in living former NFL player

CTE found in living football player For the first time, research has confirmed that scientists successfully detected chronic traumatic encephalopathy --...

Legionnaires' cases linked to Disneyland expand to 15

Legionnaire's disease at Disneyland rises to 15 Health officials in California on Thursday said the number of cases of Legionnaires' disease in...

A Man Gets His Genes Edited, and Science Waits With Bated Breath

man has genes edited For the first time ever, scientists have edited genes inside a person in an attempt to...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!