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can governments really do anything?

Posted by neda on December 14, 2001 at 21:32:17:

In Reply to: Re: protect us!! posted by sara on December 2, 2001 at 14:07:01:

In regards to the government taking action, I just thought of how in some cases the government is not able to regulate pharmaceutical companies, even if it wanted to. The pharmaceutical companies, as opposed to the government, have most of the power over what happens to the people of Sub-Saharan Africa. Pharmaceutical companies were fighting for a long time over selling HIV/AIDS medicine in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some companies were offering generic forms of the medicine that could be sold for much less and get to thousands more people. However, the other pharmaceutical companies that had developed the products in the first place were trying to stop this from happening. It is tragic because while this conflict is going on, thousands of people are dying. But the point is that there was very little that the governments of these countries, or even the US government for that matter, could do to influence these companies and get the medicine to all the people in need.


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