Friday, February 02, 2007

Lives before profits

Médecins Sans Frontières has a petition that is worth checking out. From their page:
Pharmaceutical company Novartis is taking the Indian government to court. If the company wins, millions of people across the globe could have their sources of affordable medicines dry up.
They go on to say that:
India produces affordable medicines that are vital to many people living in developing countries. Over half the medicines currently used for AIDS treatment in developing countries come from India and such medicines are used to treat over 80% of the 80,000 AIDS patients in Médecins Sans Frontières projects.
I recognize that the profit motive is a fundamental part of the pharmaceutical industry. But shouldn't lives come before profits?

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