What is the fact behind Obama visiting India?President Obama's visit to India could spell life or death for millions of poor people in Asia, Africa and Latin America, but if we move fast we can ensure they can still get the medicines they need.
India produces cheap HIV, malaria and cancer drugs, but American drug companies want to stop this, to sell their own products at higher prices. Their fierce lobby has got the US to push their line hard, even threatening trade sanctions if India doesn't change patent laws which put people before profits. Now pressure is rising, with talks set to begin on an India-US investment treaty.
Before Obama arrives, let's build a million-strong call to protect India's proud role as the pharmacy to the world's poor, brief journalists covering his trip, then deliver our call with our own common sense trade plan developed by experts that protects access to medicine. Join now:
Stop the plan to kill cheap medicine
Pharma giants say India's patent laws allow companies to undercut them, deterring them from investing in new medicines. But drug companies prioritise researching drugs for the rich, not the poor, and they often price their products sky high -- a new hepatitis C treatment currently sells for $1000 per pill!
At a White House breakfast last October, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Big Pharma CEOs to invest in affordable medicines, rather than play legal games to squeeze every drop from their existing patents. But he agreed to set up an Indo-US forum on drug patent laws, and published a draft intellectual property policy with concessions to encourage American companies to invest. If we work with great medical experts now, we could devise a groundbreaking alternative plan that protects the right to make medicines in India.
President Obama boldly faced down critics to expand health care in the US, and before he gets to India, let's make this the moment he does the same for global medicine, agreeing to put the poorest patients' lives before Big Pharma's profits. Add your name now:
Stop the plan to kill cheap medicine
When a giant Swiss drug company sued the Indian government over affordable medicine for cancer patients, fifty thousand Avaazers in India and Switzerland spoke out against the move, and the case was thrown out of court. Now the world's pharmacy faces a bigger threat and it's time to take another stand.
With hope and determination,
Alex, Bert, Laila, Ricken, Emma, Diego and the whole Avaaz team
Let India make cheap drugs (Business Standard)
India-US panel: Access to medicines may be under threat (Deccan Herald)
India-US panel: Access to medicines may be under threat
PM's US Visit: Narendra Modi's CEO diplomacy to soon set the cash register ringing (Economic Times)
PM's US Visit: Narendra Modi's CEO diplomacy to soon set the cash register ringing
Investment treaty tops Obama's agenda (Business Standard)
Obama's India Visit: Investment treaty tops Obama's agenda
Can Obama And Modi Settle The US-India Feud In The Pharmaceuticals Sector? (International Business Times)
http://www.ibtimes.com/can-obama...Can Obama And Modi Settle The US-India Feud In The Pharmaceuticals Sector?
Ebola in West Africa is a wake-up call (Al Jazeera)
Ebola in West Africa is a wake-up call
Novartis loses landmark patent case in India (The Telegraph)
Novartis loses landmark patent case in India - Telegraph
One fine morning Modiji received a special call. It was a threat tht some stupid terror outfit is going to attack on the Republic Day Rally on 26-Jan. Having received this alert, increase in Security Budget was inevitable. This also might lead to increase in Defense budget.
Being hard core Gujarati, he decided not to invest so much in the Security + Defense budget. He invited Obama for the event. Now all the security is handled by America.
Main agenda of Obama(USA) was
1) Keep and improve control on next and biggest market i.e. India
2) Convince India on Carbon cut agreement(Politically win for Obama)
3) India will be next Super Power so be in touch and make impact.
4) It was a courtesy call for Obama as He is a friend of Modi.
Nuclear deal is the main factor Obama coming to India, the reason is that at the time of Bush as president want to make a Nuclear Supplier deal for US companies which supply nuclear but companies are not liable to any accident that may occur in the plant according to the USA law this made the deal to put aside, but now the government mended the our rules so that our Indian Insurance companies would give some amount instead of US companies,so that they are not liable to any accident to damage occurred. This is agreed by the by USA and the deal is done.
Ordinary public can never know the real details but what most of the media wants the people to believe is that it was the personal rapport and friendship with Prime Minister. Modi
This invitation was not on diplomatic level or decided between ministries of the two countries, it was discussed informally when Prime Minister. Modi had visited USA Last year directly with President. Obama and he honoured it.
This is unprecedented.
Surpassing China by patronising INDIA exactly the way it patronised CHINA EARLIER to surpass Soviet Union