Pharma

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A toxic trade deal with Trump means a blank cheque for big pharma


29 October 2019

Last night, Channel 4’s Dispatches exposed the dangers to the NHS of a trade deal with the US. In spite of the government’s insistence that the NHS is off the table, the documentary revealed that five secret meetings have taken place between senior civil servants and representatives of the US pharmaceutical industry - none of these meetings have been declared claimed the show.

People-power helped Labour adopt policies to tackle big pharma's grip over health


25 September 2019

The Labour Party announced a range of policies to tackle this broken system in which pharma giants gain while patients lose out. It didn’t happen overnight. It’s taken people-power and resources to get the attention of politicians in Labour and other parties. 

The UK government has blatantly chosen to side with big pharma over patients


28 May 2019

The UK government has recklessly blocked global efforts to tackle big pharma secrecy this week in Geneva. But across the world, people are mobilising to give a strong message that it’s time governments put people over the power of big pharma. 

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After a four-year long fight campaigners and patient activists welcome the news this morning that the cystic fibrosis drugs, Orkambi and Symkevi will be made available under the NHS to patients in England. But this protracted price negotiation between the government and Orkambi manufacturer Vertex proves that a system that prioritises private profits over patients needs fundamental change.

 

Global Justice Now's reaction to the Queen’s Speech.

Health campaigners have welcomed Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement of a range of policies to tackle the failings in the pharmaceutical sector in his speech to the Labour Party conference this afternoon.

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Alternatives to the current pharmaceutical system: Activist pack to lobby your MP

December 2018

This briefing is for Global Justice Now local groups and activists to help you to lobby your MP on alternatives to the current corporate-dominated pharmaceutical system.

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Taking public control of medicines

November 2018

The pharmaceutical industry makes billions in profits from charging high prices for medicines. Meanwhile, people suffer and die from treatable conditions because they can’t afford extortionate prices. This is a system driven by corporate profit that leaves vital medicines out of reach for millions of people – in the UK and around the world. It’s a system that is economically and socially unsustainable and needs urgent reform.