3/29/2006

Pharmaceutical companies and AIDS in Africa

Pharmaceutical companies dropped their lawsuit that was designed to stop African countries from importing cheap copies of patented drugs. Africans were pleased with the decision stating even the discounted drugs the companies were offering were too expensive. Now more Africans will be able to get the needed drugs to help fight the disease which is becoming an epidemic.

5 comments:

Blake said...

I agree with this decision. There is no way most Americans could afford the outrageous cost of drugs, much less many Africans that are living on less than $1 day!! Sadly, however, even the lowest cost drugs available will probably be too costly for these sufferers. The level of aids cases in Africa is devastating, and economically profitable or not, some decisions should be made because of the human element in them.

Tom said...

AIDS is a serious problem in Africa. Not only is the desease a killer, Africans do not have any real means to fight it. I think the pharmaceutical companies did the right thing and drop their lawsuits. This gives Africans the opportunity to get drugs at a lower price, and somewhat give them a way to fight off AIDS.

Cole said...

Will, I just have to say, that is pretty impressive...5 posts in just over 20 minutes. I wish I had those kind of blogging skills.

Dr. Tufte said...

-1 on Cole's comment.

I think this is just throwing a bone to activist groups. There isn't any way to get around this move having a lot of negatives for these firms.

Daniel Haszard said...

Big pharma is run my people with sound business sense, and with PR firms who counsel them.-Daniel Haszard