It’s time to put people before profit in the global drug industry. Hear from South African campaigner Sibongile Tshabalala from Treatment Action Campaign about the fight for access to affordable HIV medicines and how this relates to us in the UK. Heidi Chow from Global Justice Now will talk about the new pharmaceuticals campaign. Emma Robertson from Just Treatment will speak about her personal fight to drop the price of a live saving new breast cancer drug.
7pm, Thursday 9 November
Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton BN1 1YD
In spite of medical advances, millions of people around the world suffer and die from treatable conditions because they cannot afford to pay for expensive medicine.
Drug companies can charge runaway prices because new drugs are protected by legal monopolies. This model has made the pharmaceutical industry the most profitable in the world.
The companies justify high prices by claiming they need to recoup their research and development costs. But nine of the top ten pharmaceutical companies spend more on marketing than on research and development. And the majority of innovative early-stage research is actually publicly-funded.
Event organised by Global Justice Now and supported by Youth Stop AIDS.