AIDS activists to life-savers: Drop dead
However expensive or not the anti-AIDS drugs are, they're at least something. None of the big pharma companies had great reason to develop them since, after all, AIDS is only a 1 in 300 disease. There are bigger fish to fry. Remember, these are for-profit companies, not charities. Maybe federal funding can be diverted to university or non-profit groups to cure less menacing or prevalent diseases, but not in big pharma.
Still, thanks to R&D, those with AIDS now live about 20 years longer. And what's the response of the leading AIDS activist group? To hand out embarrassing letter grades to the companies:
"There's no sugarcoating," [a group board member] said. "The membership feels that the pharmaceutical industry can be doing a much better job, whether it's innovation or pricing."
Let me not sugarcoat things either. Here's a rather simple way to cut down on the prevalence of this ravaging disease -- stop fucking each other in the butt.