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Articles from No. 362, November

ACCESS MAKE PRICING FAIR; Who Cares about Cancer?
Joana Ramos spotlights a crisis that barely figures in international discussions of essential drugs.IN 1995 I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Living in the US with health insurance, I got rapid care. I also learned the incidence of this form...
Big Pharma: The Facts
[Graph Not Transcribed]Prescription for profitBusiness is booming for the big pharmaceutical companies. In 2002 their total drug sales reached $430 billion(1) - a jump of $66 billion, nearly 20%, from the previous year.(2)Big Pharma's profit margins...
Bucking the Trend: The NI Spoke with Yves Champey, Director of a New International Medical Charity, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi)
Drugs for some of the world's most neglected diseases have not been developed by the big Western pharmaceutical companies because there is no viable market for them. The DNDi (see also NI 354) is determined to make available a handful of drugs for diseases...
Epidemic, What Epidemic?: It's Been Called the Most Neglected Disease in the World. and Big Pharma Is Doing What It Can to Keep It That Way. Spring Gombeexplains
THE African tsetse belt covers 36 countries and is home to one of the world's most under-reported epidemics. The several species of tsetse fly after which it is named are host to parasites called trypanosomes and they expose a tenth of the African population...
Forests Down the Mine Shaft
Transnational mining companies and foreign governments are lobbying the Indonesian Government to open up protected forest areas, national parks and other protected areas for mining. With approximately four hectares of Indonesian rainforest disappearing...
Freedom Boards the Buses: Immigrant Workers' Freedom Ride Revives Debate
'IN a few intense months we have challenged and changed America's attitudes about immigrants,' said textile workers' union vice-president May Chen - herself the daughter of Chinese immigrants - at a massive 4 October rally in New York City's Flushing...
Freemarket Freebies: Drug Companies Make the Sweetest of Overtures to Health Practitioners. Tamar Wilner Takes a Critical Look at This Love-In
WHEN a new brand of insulin hit the market in India recently, doctors were quick to switch patients to it. Not long afterwards the new drug's manufacturer took 15 physicians from Nagpur on a vacation with their families. Coincidence? Maybe so but 'patients...
Health Hazard: Case Studies of Big Pharma's Sharp Practice
GAG THE MESSENGERDRUG COMPANIES hunt for research that will praise their product, pushing money at academics whose work looks promising. But within the research contract there is usually a gag clause that prevents the researcher from spilling the beans...
Interview with Alice Coles
ALICE COLES stands in a field across from the shantytown in which she has lived all her life. Eight years ago the US state of Virginia planned to build a maximum-security prison in this field. But something quite different has been erected in its stead....
Lost in the Lowlands: Industrial Agriculture Exploits Migrant Labour Everywhere. Nepali Filmmaker Pranav Budhathoki Goes Undercover to Investigate a Little Piece of Eastern Europe in Norfolk, England
No-one in Swaffham slept that night. Police and immigration officials moved from house to house, flushing out the 'illegal' ones. Some were taken from their beds, some detained at work, others let go because there weren't enough vans. By dawn the choppers...
Malawi
IN July this year President Bakili Muluzi granted the executive of the Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) an audience at his private residence. Teachers were poorly trained, poorly paid and many never got the opportunity of promotion, they complained. Morale...
Okay Directed by Jesper W. Neilsen
According to the hospital, Nete's father has three weeks or so to live. Nete insists he leaves his flat and comes to live out his life with her - although they don't get on - her husband Kristian and their daughter Kathrine in their crowded flat.If this...
Patients versus Patents: AIDS Activists in Thailand Are Up in Arms against a US Drugs Giant. Teena Amrit Gill Reports
A MERE 28 kilograms. That's all Suwanee Chainuan, a 34-year-old HIV-positive woman from the northern Thai province of Phayao, weighed a few months ago.Suwanee had grown increasingly sick in recent years, plagued by chronic respiratory tract infections,...
Peddling Paranoia: Selling Cures for Imaginary Diseases Is Where the Drug Industry Really Rakes in the Cash, Argues Alan Cassels. Real Need Barely Enters the Picture
THIRTY years ago the British physician, Julian Tudor-Hart published his famous 'inverse care law': 'those who most need medical care are the least likely to get it.'Modern pharmaceutical research is playing Dr Hart's law out on a macabre global scale....
[Photo of a Man in Pilgrimage Garb, Katragama, Sri Lanka]
[Graph Not Transcribed]Kataragama, a town in the southeast of Sri Lanka, is probably the most important centre for pilgrimage on the island. Based around a shrine to the god of the same name, this small jungle site is now a bustling town. It is unique...
Poison from the Sky: Authorities Look the Other Way as a Deadly Pesticide Keeps Killing People
FOR a daily-wage worker like Devappa Naik, the helicopter flying above his head used to be an object of wonder.[Graph Not Transcribed]Today Naik sits in his hut and mutters that he should smash the chopper into scrap. He sits there until his hatred subsides...
Pressure Points: How Big Pharma Reacts When a Drug Scandal Breaks
1 DENIALSide-effects and unforeseen deaths are part of the deal when you're pushing drugs. It's when the media and the activists start snooping around that the problems start.Fightback strategies [Symbol Not Transcribed] Deny everything. [Symbol...
Sanctioning Hypocrisy: Recent Media Reports Highlight Burma's Ongoing Disregard for Human Rights and the Inconsistent Way That the US Is Dealing with It
BURMA's military is killing people by forcing them to walk across minefields to reveal where explosives are buried, reports Richard S Ehrlich. The September article that Richard submitted to the NI documents disturbing allegations made by a researcher...
The Example of Nelson Mandela
THE long weathered face, winning smile and distinctive voice of Nelson Mandela have become famous all the world over. So has the inspirational story of the man who spent 27 years of his life imprisoned on desolate Robben Island and not only emerged unbroken...
The Great Health Grab: The World's Giant Drug Companies Pursue Profit above All Else. Dinyar Godrej Inspects an Industry That's More Than a Little Sick
[Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed]'I THINK there's some mistake,' I said, pushing the pack of pills...
Tony Blair [Worldbeaters]
Job: British Prime Minister.Reputation: Bridge over troubled Atlantic; Navigator of Third Way; Figurehead of empty vessel.THERE'S a well-worn path that leads away from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament towards nuclear weapons - a ritual pilgrimage...
VIEW FROM THE SOUTH; the Example of Nelson Mandela
THE long weathered face, winning smile and distinctive voice of Nelson Mandela have become famous all the world over. So has the inspirational story of the man who spent 27 years of his life imprisoned on desolate Robben Island and not only emerged unbroken...
Walk Gay-Talk Right out That Door
Thousands of women and men have been dismissed from the US armed forces for being gay or lesbian since Bill Clinton's infamous 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy was announced in 1993. This allows lesbian women and gay men to serve in the forces provided...
Who Cares about Cancer? Joana Ramos Spotlights a Crisis That Barely Figures in International Discussions of Essential Drugs
IN 1995 I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Living in the US with health insurance, I got rapid care. I also learned the incidence of this form of blood cancer has risen some 70 per cent in the past 20 years, for reasons unknown.Treatments did...
Yuck, No Thanks! Fed Up with What Big Pharma Dishes out? You're Not Alone. Check out What These Campaing Groups Are Up To
Fed up with what Big Pharma dishes out? You're not alone. Check out what these campaign groups are up to.[Graph Not Transcribed][Graph Not Transcribed]Inappropriate promotionCompanies spend a fortune hoping to influence both consumers and doctors. Promotions...
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