Join with Avaaz and help save cheap medicines
India produces cheap HIV, malaria and cancer drugs, but American drug companies want to stop this, to sell their own products at higher prices. Their fierce lobby has got the US to push their line hard, even threatening trade sanctions if India doesn’t change patent laws which put people before profits. Now pressure is rising, with talks set to begin on an investment treaty.
India is the pharmacy of the developing world. It is a critical global supplier of low priced medicines to treat diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, cancer and diabetes, which are among the biggest causes of death and suffering. Medicines were affordable for millions of poor patients across the world, thanks to India’s progressive intellectual property system and this system was responsible for bringing down the price of medicines through generic competition. Indian generic medicines have reduced the prices of HIV/AIDS treatments by more than 90%. Any changes to India’s IP system would mark the end of India’s ability to serve as the affordable pharmacy for the developing world — cutting a medical lifeline to millions.
President Obama’s visit to India in days could spell life or death for millions of poor people in Asia, Africa and Latin America, but if we move fast we can ensure they can still get the medicines they need. We can call on him to open up the trade talks, consider our people’s trade plan and put the poorest patients’ lives before Big Pharma’s profits. Join now!
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You can help
You can join with Avaaz and call on President Obama to act now:
“We call on you to bring leadership for public policies which make generic medicines available and affordable to the world’s poor, and encourage the development of new affordable treatments.”