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    Default 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
    Seattle WA
    fireintheblood.com

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    Interview with James Love



    James Packard ‘Jamie’ Love is the founder and director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), a Washington- and Geneva-based non-governmental organization concerned with intellectual property- and access to knowledge issues, as well as a key contributor to Fire in the Blood.

    Interview with James Love

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    This movie shows in Seattle this week.
    I would love to see some of my customers there! My brother James rarely comes out from Washington DC.

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    Default 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

    http://fireintheblood.com/
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    Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers explains: Nexavar cancer drug is for "western patients who can afford it.”


    Today health advocates were shocked by the direct and appalling statements attributed to Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers. Published in Businessweek and written by Bloomberg reporter Ketaki Gokhale, a news story about disputes over drug patents (link here) ended with an account of the India compulsory license on the cancer drug Nexavar, and practically exploded. Dekker is quoted as saying Bayer did not intend the cancer drug to be sold to cancer patients in India, adding “We developed it for western patients who can afford it.”
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    Terry; My wife and I are in home care providers for a young woman with type one diabetes. She is barely 30 years old and has the physical condition of a 90 year old. She struggles with infections to the point that most anti-biotics no longer work for her. Last year she stepped on a tack which led to an infection that eventually caused the doctors to amputate all of the toes on her left foot but before it came to that she was going to the infectious care unit every other day for intravenous injections of an anti-biotic that cost $ 16,000 per visit and that was every other day for a month. Nobody can tell me that that antibiotic is worth sixteen grand a pop. Big Pharma is and has been out of control for way too long.
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    DemocracyNow.org - The new documentary, "Fire in the Blood," examines how millions have died from AIDS because big pharmaceutical companies and the United States have refused to allow developing nations to import life-saving generic drugs.

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