Oct. 25, 2005

Donald Rumsfeld to Profit Big Time From Tamilflu Sales

Donald Rumsfeld to Profit Big Time So those 20 million doses the government has authorized will cost US Taxpayers 2 BILLION dollars. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will likely profit handsomely from the announcement the government is purchasing $2 billion of Tamiflu, the drug developed by Gilead Sciences when Rumsfeld was president of the company. He is reported to hold major portions of stock in Gilead Not very different from his previous experience with aspartame where he was president of Searle and was able to get asparatame approved after being blocked by the FDA for more than a decade. Now I think very few of us would mind if this drug actually worked and prevented even a few people from dying. But does it do that? Not really. About all anyone can expect from this drug is that it might make the symptoms a bit less severe. On the downside (aside from setting you back $100) Dr. Tenpenny explained in her Flu Tele Clinic last week Tamiflu can actually cause the virus to mutate into a more dangerous and potent viral strain. Yesterday US Congress asked Roche, the maker of Tamiflu to suspend its patent and have others make it because they could not likely keep up with the demand, but of course Roche refused saying Tamiflu is hard to make and it would take another company three years to "get up to speed". What they were really saying is they could care less about the public, what their primary focus on was to not share their windfall profits mandated by the US Congress.

1 comment:

Lou Minatti said...

There is no avian flu! It is a sinister plot cooked up by Rumsfeld!