Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Thailand breaking patents to create affordable Aids drugs

Thailand's latest coup hardly fluttered the news, but the new government is up to stuff- and this is fantastic.

"Thailand's health ministry says it has approved the production of cheaper versions of patented anti-Aids and heart disease drugs.

He said at current prices, Thailand could only afford anti-Aids medicine for a fifth of the country's HIV sufferers.

The minister said the move was permissible under international trade rules in the event of national public health emergencies." LINK

Response from the BigPharma companies whose drugs are being reproduced, Bristol-Myers Squibb Co and Abbot Laboratories, is predictably angry. They, naturally, would prefer to make money than to save lives. Looking out for their investors, you see. It's all about the economy, baby!

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