‘Our Cancer Drug Is For Rich Westerners, Not Poor Indians’

back in 2005 the FDA approved aid
a cancer drug known as necks a bar it
helps treat those who have a late stage
kidney and liver cancer
well unfortunately this treatment comes
with a huge price tag it cost about
sixty nine
thousand dollars a year at minimum
for someone in the US to take it well
the country in India has a a law that
allows a different company
to take our patent and create the same
drug if
the Western company or the Western
pharmaceutical company is charging too
much for it
so and Indian Court recently granted
a patent to a company known as not cope
Pharma limited
because they wanted to ensure that its
people would be able to use the drug
so instead of having to pay $69 thousand
dollars for it
the people of India can get it for 177
dollars which is a huge difference
so let me jump in here to see a couple
fun facts
um that’s a 97 percent discount yet so I
understand why bears upset
work there amazing part is the CEO’s
they’ve already it soon as I can
but here’s one other interesting fact if
they paid the
for price is sixty nine thousand dollars
that would be 41 times
the country’s annual per capita income
yep 41 times
there per capita income is that amazing
and beer things here you know you’ll be
able to afford that like two people in
India will be able to afford it
okay so the CEO bear the kids upset at
this ruling
and says something that is on believable
so the CEO was actually speak in a
Bloomberg Businessweek and he is trying
to appeal the Indian court’s decision
to %uh allowed his patent for another
he said the following: we did not
develop this medicine for
indians we developed it for Western
who can afford it all of of Pau
lol fixed that’s a better face that
would say
anything like that does he look so smile
ago blaze went about this for
India ends with about the home
or rich but in that a perfect example
for people who try to argue that we
should deregulate
all private industry right because the
the argument against that is
what corporations pharmaceutical
companies it’s not that they’re immoral
a moral right even though in this case
when he said in my opinion is
immoral they care about their profit
the profit motive gets rid any type of
morality he doesn’t care how many people
are gonna die because they can’t afford
this cancer treatment he cares about how
much is company is gonna make
that all that matters so it’s is
fascinating and and a little ironic in
this case because
the company actually needs regulation to
survive because the in the
in the case have of patton’s what is its
regulations saying that
Hey look people can’t rip you off now
understand that bear has a
a reasonable expectation a profit here
and look so let’s be fair that right
so they spent a lotta money developing
this drug it’s not that the
drug costs so much to make it’s the cost
so much to actually
create right and a lot of drugs a day
spent a lot of money trying to create
didn’t work out
so they gotta make up for that yeah okay
so we all understand that we understand
the need a pat
right but 69 thousand dollars a year
see but when you first then yeah when
you violate all boundaries in
right and people are dying they’re dying
without this drug in India
and then you say I’m sorry it’s not for
you indians is for us westerners
well that that’s what the court is going
to come in and say hey listen I know we
set the regulation to protect you
but now we’re gonna do some regulation
to protect our citizens and then they go
i cant believe youre doing regulation
yeah so
so I wanna make a point about how you
know of course he said this is for
westerners but that the second part was
the most relevant to me
that can be of boarded that can pay for
so doesn’t matter I mean it in the grand
scheme of things
white versus black and white person
Indian whatever westerner verses Indian
all that stuff doesn’t really matter
again always goes back to the cost
always goes back to who can afford it if
your second class citizen
if you are part of the working poor or
if your part in the middle class but
can’t afford sixty nine thousand dollars
a year because let’s keep it real
people even make sixty nine thousand
dollars a year in the United States with
are stagnant wages and all that right
I mean it you that to think that someone
can be so open about how he is okay with
dying because they don’t have the means
to afford it cancer treatment
is this gusting he’s the kinda person
that you know we should be talking about
in the mainstream media tearing him
apart you know if they’re having
conversations about Wendy Davis and
whether or not there were discrepancies
in a biography so
stupid okay so let me clarify couple
important things you know so hundreds
seven seven dollars per person in India
what seems like that’s not that much
rain and especially given what they’re
trying to charge
you know that in america if you have
insurance you know what you pay
you pay only a hundred dollars usually
pay less than average Indian does
even with the ruling now who pays the
the insurance companies do so it
actually cause ninety six thousand
dollars a year
on average but the insurance companies
cover that
but is the only pitchers companies do it
for free they’ve
that’s what drives up for sure prices
yet right so
now the average guy get here actually is
a better price in India
but we all pay that price cuz we all pay
into the insurance
so in the end we get screwed to
so look we they have a reasonable
expectation a profit in there’s a good
reason for patents
but when you abuse at this much it
obviously producers a Calgary action
now you need your help to counter
reaction with what you said
I got bad news for you CEO bear you’re
never gonna win in the court
ever again hoping to do is in that
they’re all the water has to come in is
come in and read that quote
area we did not develop this man is a
perk indians we developed over Western
pressures who can afford it
and the judge is gonna be like oh yes
interesting You’re yeah
okay gone and uv-vis you know what to
use for 177 dollars
is now 100 77 cents

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