Wow those ACT UP LONDON guys really made a statement. Chopped liver and all.
Activists against Greediad unite!
Screaming “Pills costs pennies, greed costs lives” the protesters held ‘chopped liver’ in their hands to demonstrate that drug companies were butchering the lives of hepatitis C patients by refusing to charge a fair price for the medicines.
ACT UP LONDON activist Dani Singer said – “This is an appalling disregard for human life. The profiteering of these companies is a moral outrage. We demand they drop the prices so everyone in the world who needs them can get access. If they don’t then governments must intervene to force those prices down.”
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"Gilead were revealed last week by US congress to have sent internal emails saying “let’s hold our price higher regardless of the uproar.” Kevin Young, Gilead’s executive vice president for commercial operations, wrote to colleagues in November 2013 …”Two sincere requests…Let’s not fold to advocacy pressure in 2014. Let’s hold our position whatever competitors do or whatever the headlines”
Pure Filth in the highest degree a clear example of all that is wrong with the world today
Martin Shkreli has now increased the price of a medicine used to treat Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that can cause heart failure.
Mr Shkreli’s company, Turing Pharmacuticals, previously acquired the rights to the anti-HIV drug, Daraprim, before increasing the price from $13.50 to $700.
This time Mr Shkreli has bought a majority share in KaloBios Pharmaceuticals, allowing him to apply for exclusive selling rights to KaloBios’ benznidazole, a common drug used to treat Chigas in South America, where it is very prevelant.
It is reported by the New York Times that benznidazole currently costs between $50 to $100 for two months worth of treatment.
However the New York Times believe that the cost could soon be similar to that of a hepatitis C drug, which costs anywhere between $60,000 and $100,000 per course of treatment.
It is estimated 300,000 in the United States have Chagas disease.
Although the news does come as it is announced that America has suffered an outbreak of the kissing bug, which is one of the major ways Chagas disease is spread.
Many health centres currently offer the anti-Chagas drug for free, with the proposed pricing no longer making treatment available to a vast part of the US and South America’s population.
Mr Shkreli estimates that between 3,000 and 7,000 people will require treatment for the acute infection each year in the United States.
It has also been reported that Mr Shkreli is the owner of the single-copy Wu-Tang Clan album.