“Do Not Lower Cost Of Cancer Drugs”- US Finance Committee Warns Columbia Gov

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Reuters pic of pharmaceutical company located in Basle, Switzerland. (r. a. note)

TeleSur News     Posted Sun., May 15, 2016

Leaked documents reveal that a staffer on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee threatened the Colombian government over its attempts to lower the cost of an essential life saving cancer medication, the Intercept reported.

Andrea Carolina Reyes, who works with Colombia-based nonprofit Health Mission organization, repudiated the threats Saturday.

“I would ask [Hatch] to consider that we’re talking about people’s lives and this needs to mean something to him,” she told the Intercept. “In Colombia we really have health constraints. There’s people, they have no access to anything. They live hours from health institutions and they don’t have even the cheapest medicines.”

The medication known as Iimatinib is prescribed to patients who suffer from leukemia and gastrointestinal tumors at costs a whopping US$15,000 annually — almost twice the average Colombian’s income.

In efforts to reduce the price, Colombian Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria announced last Aprial that Colombia would begin production of a generic drug may reduce the cost by an estimated 30 percent.

However, according to a leaked letter between two U.S. and Colombian officials, Everett Eissenstat of the Senate Finance Committee International Trade Counsel, warned that any attempts to lower the price of the medication would cost the South American country hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid.

“This case could jeopardize the approval of the financing of the new initiative ‘Peace Colombia,” Andrés Flórez, deputy chief of mission at the Colombian Embassy in Washington, D.C. wrote in a letter addressed to Maria Angela Holguin of Colombia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

According to the letter, Eissenstat stated “if the Ministry of Health did not correct this situation, the pharmaceutical industry in the United States and related interest groups could become very vocal and interfere with other interests that Colombia could have in the United States.”

The Senate Finance Committee is run by powerful Utah Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, who has close links to the the health drugs industry and who received a US$750,000 donation from Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America his re-election campaign in 2012.

Source: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/US-Threatens-Colombia-to-Not-Lower-Cost-of-Cancer-Drug-20160515-0006.html

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Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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