India’s U.S. Drug Rulings Earn Trade Blacklist Spot From Obama Administration

Posted by Robyn, May 4, 2013

President Obama And Vice President Biden Along With Wives Make Joining Forces Initiative AnnouncementThe Obama administration placed India on a special trade blacklist Wednesday, a move some public health advocates said was retaliation for the country allowing generic versions of expensive drugs preferred by the U.S. government.

India’s generic drug industry, the world’s largest maker of low-cost medicines, has been the core of a public health revolution in the past decade, producing inexpensive versions of drugs used around the globe. Treatment for AIDS, in particular, was virtually nonexistent in developing countries prior to the emergence of Indian generic drug manufacturing in the early 2000s. The U.S. AIDS relief program, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, relies heavily on generic medications.

“The U.S. Trade Representative’s decision to place India on its annual trade ‘Watch List’ is a bully tactic being used to punish the country for taking steps to ensure access to affordable, lifesaving medicines and to prevent other developing countries from following similar strategies,” said Judit Rius, U.S. manager of the Doctors Without Borders Access Campaign. Doctors Without Borders is a humanitarian group that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.”

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Another example of profit trumping life. Is this how we want to live? To be? Not sustainable. -tr