Mar
23
2007

Saving lives, or breaking the law?

Sick people need drugs.  Drugs cost money.  Is it OK to steal them?: Photo by .ash from flickr.com
Sick people need drugs. Drugs cost money. Is it OK to steal them?: Photo by .ash from flickr.com

Abbott Laboratories, a major drug manufacturer in the US, has announced that it will no longer market drugs in Thailand. The Thai government broke Abbott’s patent on an AIDS drug, allowing other companies to make generic versions.

Some people criticize Abbott, claiming that sick people need the drugs, and human health should come before corporate profits. Others, however, support Abbot, saying that without profits, the company has no incentive to develop much-needed drugs, and no money to do so even if it wanted to.

What do you think? Should drug companies withhold their products from countries where their patents are not honored?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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Anonymous says:

i think if stealing would save lifes then it would be ok.

posted on Sat, 03/31/2007 - 1:26pm

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