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[News] Patents as Ransom Tools: Your Money or Your Life

  • Subject: [News] Patents as Ransom Tools: Your Money or Your Life
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Sep 2009 01:28:46 +0100
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Please give us all your money

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| Ignoring patent and licensing issues has allowed Dr Yusuf Hamied, director 
| of Cipla, to innovate: even though each drug is officially owned by a 
| different company, he could put a common combination of three treatments 
| (Stavudine, Lamivudine and Nevirapine) into one simple, single combination 
| pill. This increases treatment compliance -- it's easier to take your 
| medication correctly -- and that keeps you alive longer, while reducing 
| the emergence of resistant strains.
| Hamied calls his pill Triomune (he also offers "Antiflu", a copy of 
| Tamiflu for the developing world, and many more). In 2001 he was selling 
| to MSF clinics for $350 per person per year, more than 30 times cheaper 
| than the official versions of these drugs. Triomune is now only $87 a 
| year. This is amazing. Hamied is a hero.
| Richard Sykes, head of GlaxoSmithKline (and now retired rector of Imperial 
| College London) disagreed. He called Hamied a "pirate" and described the 
| quality of Indian generic drugs as "iffy". Hamied says GSK is a "global 
| serial killer" for charging high prices for their medication. So who is 
| right?


Bad Science Blog Highlights The Harm Done By Pharma Patents



International development minister urges firms to pool HIV patents

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| Drug companies should give up their patent rights to HIV medicines to help
| prevent the deaths of millions of people in poor countries, a British
| government minister will say this week.
| The international development minister, Mike Foster, will call on
| pharmaceutical companies to put lives before profits, as the all-party
| parliamentary group on Aids publishes a report this week detailing the scale
| of the "treatment timebomb". By 2030, they estimate, 50 million people will
| need new drugs, which are currently prohibitively expensive, to keep them
| alive.


Copyright laws threaten our online freedom

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| The internet it still in its infancy, but already we see fantastic things
| appearing as if by magic. Take Linux, the free computer operating system, or
| Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Witness the participatory culture of
| MySpace and YouTube, or the growth of the Pirate Bay, which makes the worldâs
| culture easily available to anybody with an internet connection. But where
| technology opens up new possibilities, our intellectual property laws do
| their best to restrict them. Linux is held back by patents, the rest of the
| examples by copyright.


Patenting of human genes

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| Dr. Shuster, who has a doctorate in molecular pathology conceded that patents
| on genes hinder medical practice.


Intellectual Monopolies Kill: Two Examples

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| If people with breast cancer genes are demonstrably suffering in this way,
| statistics tells us that some of them will be dying as a direct result of
| Myriad's aggressive defence of its unwarranted intellectual monopolies.

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