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Brazilian Drug Pricing Demonstration
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- Date: Thu, 15 Aug 1996 11:31:11 EST
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On the last day on the International AIDS Conference, a contingent of
several hundred Brazilians and other Latin Americans staged a march
through the exhibition hall. They made their presence known by
chanting "Lower Your Prices", and pointing their finger at price
gouging drug company booths while snaking through the enormous hall
filled with thousands. Here is what they had to say.
We live in a moment of unquestionable advancement in HIV/AIDS care and
treatment, but the majority of people living with AIDS in developing
countries or disadvantaged communities in the developed world have no
access to the new anti-viral therapy.
The Brazilians attending the XIth International Conference on AIDS,
including the National Program on STD-AIDS, Ministry of Health, Brazil
- one of the most important clients of the pharmaceutical industry in
the third world - understand that scientific advances should provide
benefits for the majority rather than perpetuating existing
In this context, a sum of efforts must be developed by all communities
represented in this conference, especially the pharmaceutical
industry, through social programs targeting disadvantaged communities
or negotiated price reductions of, at least, 35%.
Only with the all-encompassing effort can we fulfill the conference's
goal - one world, one hope.
To see photo's of this action and others during the week of the
International AIDS Conference in Vancouver (July 7-11) go the ACT
UP/NY's web site at : www.actupny.org.