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Every country has the right to determine its
Every country has the right to determine its own laws. And India can't afford monopolies.
My father never forced me, but chemistry was
My father never forced me, but chemistry was my best subject.
Alleviation of suffering is my fundamental
Alleviation of suffering is my fundamental principle.
If tomorrow the Chinese decide not to supply
If tomorrow the Chinese decide not to supply the world with raw materials, the pharma industry would collapse.
As long as I can contribute, I'll continue
As long as I can contribute, I'll continue working.
I want it to be said when I leave this world
I want it to be said when I leave this world that 'he was not just a money-making machine.'
AIDS today is not a death sentence. It can be
AIDS today is not a death sentence. It can be treated as a chronic illness, or a chronic disease.
Reducing the price of cancer drugs is a
Reducing the price of cancer drugs is a humanitarian move.
I do believe anybody manufacturing products
I do believe anybody manufacturing products for healthcare cannot regard it truly as a 100 per cent business: it is business plus a humanitarian approach to society because you are saving lives. You are playing with people's lives.
Cipla has already developed a generic
Cipla has already developed a generic version, oseltamivir, which would be much cheaper than Tamiflu, the only available drug effective in treating avian flu.
India made a big mistake by signing up to
India made a big mistake by signing up to TRIPS. With a population of 1.3 billion, India can't afford a monopoly in healthcare. Monopolies lead to higher prices and we can't allow them in a country like India with so much poverty and misery. It was like signing our own death warrant.
I believe that life-saving, essential drugs
I believe that life-saving, essential drugs should be freely available and the innovator should be paid a suitable royalty payment for his invention.
Unfortunately, the mechanism for doing
Unfortunately, the mechanism for doing philanthropy in a structured way isn't yet in place in India. I already do a fair bit and support various causes such as education, sanitation, health. But selling costly drugs at affordable prices is philanthropy in itself.