Diseases aids in west africa 80 of them dont have

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Preventable/treatable diseases, AIDS in West Africa: 80% of them don’t have access to medicine, 4/10 children don’t have access to treatment The struggle to treat AIDS isn’t over Malaria, TB: still going 1/3 people doesn’t have access to healthcare parasite: Ebola dots: Zika 2 incredibly neglected illnesses Story of Ebola crisis: early 2014: group of people in West Africa, Guinea, diagnosed with Ebola, matter of time to get treated, no treatment/vaccine/diagnostic: what do you do? High density of people, low health care access, disease spreads quickly Result of there being no treatment/access Why no treatment? In Canada: we had vaccine sitting on a shelf in National Defense department in Winnipeg Had the prototype, no market interest: low risk – put on shelf Handed licensed out to small company in US, meant to develop it: no market incentive that there were no people in our country dying from it (no profit) 11,000 people, infected 22,000 people, untold ravages on economy, etc. cost of the crisis was huge global health structure has stood by and watched we were “overreacting” should “calm down” – cost a lot of lives calming down Martin Shrelley
took off the lid of whole crisis not here to be nice: want to make money took an old drug, repackage/relabel it: upped the cost by 5000% drug huge human cryout: there is no link with price of medicine and the cost of research and development (favourite line of pharmaceutical company) it costs so much to do R&D otherwise we’ll never make it back… This guy: opened the story, I can sell it for any price the market will bear $750/pill: he got sacked in Congress his company kept selling the drug, making profits don’t believe everything you hear/that you’re told never take it for told Point: high drug prices is an issue for Canada, US, people in UK, etc. Ban Ki Moon: despite scientific progress, all countries are facing challenges relatively to medicine costs, rising price of health technology No one should suffer because they can’t afford medicine make vaccines available, Greek migrants/refugees to vaccinate children: costs $60/child to vaccinate them Ask them to drop price to $5/vaccine Fair Shot project, GSK firm advocated too Drugs: research is funded with public money McGill funded by Canadian government to develop medicine, McGill finds the medicine, McGill says “we have something” Company interested? University licenses it to a company, do what you want and give us a royalty Company can do what they want… develop it, clinical trials, it’s not cheap: maybe 100- 150 million dollars Then to market it/sell it Patent on drug: sell it for any price, 20 years of exclusive rights on a medicine Profit-driven companies manipulating the health market Given the right to develop these medicines away to the private sector: problem, fundamental conflict Antimicrobial Resistance Projects, massive problem with TB resistance to drugs

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