FIRE IN THE BLOOD movie, Seattle, January 18th & 19th
In this much-needed critique of Big Pharma (narrated by William Hurt), activists and intellectuals expose how Western pharmaceutical companies, in pursuit of higher profits, systematically block access to life-saving AIDS drugs in the global south.
Since 1996, drug companies have abused patent laws to prohibit the sale of affordable generic drugs, leading to the unnecessary deaths of millions of people in developing countries. Fire in the Blood documents the inspiring work and impressive headway activist groups have made in the struggle against these corporate practices, and interviewees like Bill Clinton, Bishop Desmond Tutu and New York Times journalist Donald G. McNeil Jr. all share insights about the need to keep to fighting.
(Dylan Mohan Gray, United Kingdom/India, 2013, 87 min)
Sponsored by the Western Regional International Health Conference, organized by the Global Health Resource Center at the University of Washington
Special introduction from James Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International!
A second showing is Sunday Jan 19th at 7:00 PM
Saturday, Jan 18 at 07:00PM
1515 12th Ave
Fire In The Blood, a much-needed critique of Big Pharma
Sue and I went to this movie Saturday night.
It was a sell out on Saturday, so they added Sunday night at 7:00 in Seattle.
It's a historical account of the problems in third world countries to get life saving medications. Mainly, how to get generic drugs to in a cost effective way to save lives and prevent further infections.
Included in the film are Desmond Tutu, Bill Clinton and what he does with his foundation, clips of a George Bush state of the union address,mentioning his new effort to help the problem while he was president, James Love, who brought the pricing issue up and what it would cost to save millions of lives. James P Love went to India and talked to Yusuf Hamied the president of Cipla, a provider of many of the branded drugs we take in the US, he found that a $15,000 drug treatment for a year could be gotten for $350 a year. Cipro's president offered the product in those third world countries at his cost.
Because of that generosity, those in treatment went from 8,000 a year, to 8,000,000 a year. They also found that in Africa, they were much better at following the medical treatment regime than those of us in the Western world. The fear had been by many skeptics that they wouldn't follow instructions, but in studies, they were better.
In Western Europe, incomes can vary by 10 times depending on country. A one price fits all, leaves a lot of people, by a mistake of birth, in a country that can't afford health care and the needed drug saving drugs. James Love, and others, are trying to level the playing field, and reduce, what should I call this? Genocide of millions world wide, while we ignore the human condition that exists in those parts of the world?
In the United States, in a similar way, with our aging population, not everyone will be able to afford live saving drugs.
For breast cancer, a single treatment can be $9,000, and you go through many of these treatments if you have cancer.
There is a thought, that there should be a different model for awarding profit and income than the current formula.
How much profit is enough in an industry that could be seen as life saving, but allows itself to ignore entire populations that are suffering and dying.
I make good money as a plumber, but I don't price my product at the cost of your life. Often times, the pricing is done with the idea of, what will they pay to continue living; not what it cost. As mentioned above, a $15,000 a year treatment, when the right questions were asked, dropped to $350.
What can you do?
Bringing the movie to your home town or school would be a nice start