Friday, July 6, 2012

India Gives Big Pharma The Finger!



In Plan to Aid Sick, India Cuts Out Big Pharma

- Common Dreams staff
Legislators in India have announced a $5 billion plan to bring free medicine to hundreds of millions of Indians who today go without access to health care, officials said Thursday. Under the proposal, the government has chosen to cut out big pharmaceutical firms, such as GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, and will only buy generic versions of drugs for the program, a blow to Western drug makers who have vastly profited from India’s markets.
A pharmacist gives free medicine provided by the government, to a patient inside a government hospital in Kolkata July 3, 2012. (Photo: Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri)Specialists told the New York Times the initiative could be the first step toward a more comprehensive universal health care system in India.
Currently, about 71 percent of spending on healthcare across the country comes directly out of consumer's pockets. “As a result of high health care costs, 40 million Indians are pushed into poverty each year,” Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, healthcare committee adviser for the Indian government told the New York Times.

4 comments:

  1. One of our employee-owned Palco Community Corporation plans was to create Palco Pharmacuticals products locally and inexpensively provided under a Palco Community comprehensive health-care plan. The prices these big pharmas charge for making pills that cost them pennies and dimes to produce is outrageous.

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    1. "Henchman Of Justice" says,

      Yet, no government official on Capitol Hill discusses this pill cost problem when we listen to Obamacare points. - HOJ

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  2. I wish you guys had been able to get that community corp. off the ground.

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  3. You and me both plus Sparky, Wayne Moon (former B.R. acting chair), and Barbara Orr, (former B.R. tribal administrator). Two people control Bear River's tribal council and have for the past 15 years and they didn't like Wayne who was a childhood rival. So Wayne brought me in with my lottery project and Sparky added his great Heartlands spiritual mecca to the Project and became my partner on it for the last 16 years. By doing so, they p.o.d the two controllers and ever since no go for Heartlands at the B.R. tribal council. We've tried to resurrect Heartlands five times now, only to go nowhere because without a tribe to anchor the lottery project there's no real source of capital, even the Chinese investors we talked to zeroed in on the lottery as key to their investment, seeing the huge potential. All the rest of the Palco/Heartlands economic development plans centered on the lottery's largess. I'd love to be able to get direct access to Chinese government economic planners because I know they haven't a real clue how to develop China's economy where the people want to live just like Americans do, with all the junk and waste and pollution of earth that entails, a death sentence for world ecology if China and India followed the Western standard of living. As Americans who have "been there, done that", and with creative economic ideas such as the communitarian capitalist model that divides national economies into two tiers, essential for individual and community health and well-being, e.g. basic food, housing, lifelong healthcare, education, etc, etc, and a non-essential luxury economy where free market capitalism with only health and safety regs would allow for those who seek extra wealth from their creative or business activity. But again, having no credentials I need Bear River authority to talk to Chinese or any big money funders. It's too bad enviro activists didn't help us and looked at Bear River's Heartlands Project as unwanted competition because if we could have gotten their support it might have changed things politically within the tribe. As it was and still is, it is only basically Sparky and me and that's not enough to make it happen.

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