"Drug Prices Too Low" Declares Bush
Author: Pharmaceutical Executives Face Mothballing Their Yachts
BOSTON (GWB) --
President Bush recommended price supports for the ailing drug industry during a
stopover at a major manufacturing facility. According to a recent study by the
drug industry, profits have dipped to 30% in the first half of 2003, setting off
alarms bells throughout Wall Street. Congress has demanded action.
Between calls for cheap Cipro for anthrax victims and affordable antiretrovirals
for AIDS patients, pharmaceutical executives are hardly able to maintain their
yachts and palaces. And without these, the American economy will surely
collapse, as literally millions of jobs depend on maintaining the billionaire
A major problem in the drug pricing war is that Africans are exploiting U.S.
pharmaceuticals with their self-serving complaints of lack of purchasing power.
Drugs that keep HIV/AIDS patients alive in the U.S. were costing $10,000 a year
by the late 1990s. Africans have been trying to cheat U.S. pharmaceuticals out
of $9750 per patient per year by requesting generic equivalents produced by
Indian firms for $250. Fortunately, President Bush has taken offense at this
outrageous attempt to rob good American companies. In a few more years there
will be 70 million AIDS cases in sub-Saharan Africa, so we're headed for a
grossly immoral outcome unless African suffering and death is rated less
important than corporate profits. Thank God President Bush is a good Christian
who knows right from wrong. There's no question he'll do the right thing.