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A Big Pharma Company Does A Very Progressive Thing.

I’ve been rather tough on Big Pharma here. I dont need to get into why – you can go through my archives and read the reasons. However, when a Big Pharma Company does something egalitarian or progressive, I’m going to give them credit for it. I noticed over here, this story:

You may have never heard of Sanofi-Aventis but it’s the fourth-largest drug company in the world and based in Paris. Working in partnership with the charity, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative, the company has introduced a new, cheap and effective drug to fight malaria…Not only is it effective but it’s affordable even for third world countries. A treatment for an adult costs a dollar and consists of two pills a day for three days. Treating a child comes in at just half a dollar.

That would be laudable and worth a round of applause in its own right.. but this part is even better:

Best of all, Sonafi has decided not to patent ASAQ so that it can be produced even more cheaply by generic drug companies in countries like India.

The article mentions that Sonafi is in partnership with the charity, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative..which was set up in 2003 by Doctors Without Borders to develop partnerships with major pharmaceutical companies aimed at developing cost-effective drugs for tropical diseases.

So to Sonafi.. you get a big thumbs-up from me. I hope other Big Pharma Companies take up your example.

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