Why drugs are so expensive
From Daily Nation 12/1/09
The majority of Kenyans cannot afford essential medicines mainly because of unreasonably high profit margins being enjoyed by manufacturers, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report published last month in The Lancet.
In a study involving 36 developing and middle-income countries, including Kenya, WHO says manufacturers are making mark-ups of more than 380 per cent. Retailers are said to be making mark-ups of more than 550 per cent.
Drug manufacturers also try to suppress any cheaper or alternative drugs, as these will obviously cut into their profits.
Many drugs are produced by copying natural products (e.g. aspirin) which have been in use for centuries. But the developed world has forgotten how to use natural herbs and plants to cure their ills.
I have been introduced to a product that supposedly cures malaria. A sufferer can usually be on their feet and feeling fine within 24 hours.
But apparently, this product is being suppressed by the FDA. Why? Probably because the drug companies making the recognised cures would lose a lot of money if it were allowed to be introduced into the world market.
And yet, the economies of many African, South American and Asian countries are blighted by workers taking time off because they have contracted malaria.
In Kenya, the treatment costs 2000/-, about £17 UK. As many workers earn only £1 a day (115/-) or less, how do they get treatment?
I am not saying that this product works. I don’t know. I have seen the written results of trials carried out in various countries, but these were not, on the whole, scientifically controlled, because they had to be carried out “under the radar”.
I would very much like the WHO or the Health Ministry of Kenya to invite me to carry out trials of this product. If it does not work, we have lost very little, but if it does?
A dose of this product would cost about 60/-, which is affordable, even to the poorest of people.
Anyone in the Health Service or WHO Malaria Control in Kenya want to help me to find out if this product works?
If not, I guess the drug cartels have won!