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#573844 --- 05/08/07 12:31 PM Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals
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Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals

By KAREN MATTHEWS
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton announced agreements with drug companies Tuesday to lower the price in the developing world of AIDS drugs resistant to initial treatments and to make a once-a-day AIDS pill available for less than $1 a day.

The drugs to battle so-called "second-line" anti-retrovirals are needed by patients who develop a resistance to first-line treatment and currently cost 10 times as much, Clinton said. Nearly half a million patients will require these drugs by 2010.

Clinton's foundation negotiated agreements with generic drug makers Cipla Ltd. and Matrix Laboratories Ltd. that he said would generate an average savings of 25 percent in low-income countries and 50 percent in middle-income countries.

Clinton also announced a reduced price for a once-daily first-line AIDS pill that combines the drugs tenofovir, lamivudine and efavirenz.

He said the new price of $339 per patient per year would be 45 percent lower than the current rate available to low-income countries and 67 percent less than the price available to many middle-income countries

The Clinton Foundation's activities are being financed by UNITAID, an organization formed by France and 19 other nations that have earmarked a small portion of their airline tax revenues for HIV/AIDS programs in developing countries.

UNITAID will provide the foundation with more than $100 million to buy second-line medicines for 27 countries through 2008.

While the bushies are busy making money off Iraq, the Clinton Foundation is working to help the world's poor.

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#573866 --- 05/08/07 01:45 PM Re: Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals [Re: Retired Soldier]
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It is a shame that Bushies had to deal with the terrorist problem, the "clintons" let get out of hand. Its easy to make gestures at the poor when that is all you have to worry about, and have forgotten the problems you left in your wake.

The only justice is that St Hillary may get the chance for some of her Karma to come back and bite her in the ass. Nasty as that seems even for Karma.


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#573993 --- 05/08/07 06:03 PM Re: Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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Retired, any idea how much $$$ were donated to Hillary's campaign by these drug companies?

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#574003 --- 05/08/07 06:39 PM Re: Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals [Re: Big Twin]
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HAHA you are asking RBSer how he would know how much the drug companies are contributing to Hill's campaign???
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#574006 --- 05/08/07 06:46 PM Re: Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals [Re: Big Twin]
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Retired, any idea how much $$$ were donated to Hillary's campaign by these drug companies?


Wouldn't they get some sort of benefit if this was because of support for Hillary?

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#574008 --- 05/08/07 06:48 PM Re: Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals [Re: Bubba_Zanetti]
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It is a shame that Bushies had to deal with the terrorist problem, the "clintons" let get out of hand. Its easy to make gestures at the poor when that is all you have to worry about, and have forgotten the problems you left in your wake.

The only justice is that St Hillary may get the chance for some of her Karma to come back and bite her in the ass. Nasty as that seems even for Karma.





The Clintons aren't paying for this.

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The Clinton Foundation's activities are being financed by UNITAID, an organization formed by France and 19 other nations that have earmarked a small portion of their airline tax revenues for HIV/AIDS programs in developing countries.

UNITAID will provide the foundation with more than $100 million to buy second-line medicines for 27 countries through 2008.

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#574010 --- 05/08/07 06:49 PM Re: Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals [Re: ]
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Why can't Bush get his oil buddies to do something like this?

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#574011 --- 05/08/07 06:50 PM Re: Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals [Re: Big Twin]
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Originally Posted By: Big Twin
Retired, any idea how much $$$ were donated to Hillary's campaign by these drug companies?


Ask and ye shall receive, BT:

Despite her rocky relationship with the pharmaceutical industry in the past, Clinton has been very successful at garnering contributions from the industry during her Senatorial reelection campaign. As of July 12, 2006, she raised more money from pharmaceuticals than any other candidate with the exception of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). At this point, the total figure in contributions from this sector stood at $150,600. Some political analysts attribute the charity of pharmaceuticals to two factors. First, Clinton has moderated her positions over the past several years. She has proposed legislation to increase Medicare payments or stave off cuts in payments to doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care companies and home health agencies. In addition, she has introduced a bill to lower the cost of malpractice insurance for doctors who disclose medical errors to patients. With strong support from the industry, she has also pushed legislation to promote the adoption of health information technology. Secondly, pharmaceutical companies believe that Clinton will likely be the Democratic nominee for president in 2008, and wish to get on her good side now.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Hillary_Clinton

There is a breakdown of her campaign funds on that site.

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#574020 --- 05/08/07 07:28 PM Re: Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals [Re: Strawberry Jam]
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#574023 --- 05/08/07 07:29 PM Re: Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals [Re: Strawberry Jam]
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Retired, any idea how much $$$ were donated to Hillary's campaign by these drug companies?


Ask and ye shall receive, BT:

Despite her rocky relationship with the pharmaceutical industry in the past, Clinton has been very successful at garnering contributions from the industry during her Senatorial reelection campaign. As of July 12, 2006, she raised more money from pharmaceuticals than any other candidate with the exception of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). At this point, the total figure in contributions from this sector stood at $150,600. Some political analysts attribute the charity of pharmaceuticals to two factors. First, Clinton has moderated her positions over the past several years. She has proposed legislation to increase Medicare payments or stave off cuts in payments to doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care companies and home health agencies. In addition, she has introduced a bill to lower the cost of malpractice insurance for doctors who disclose medical errors to patients. With strong support from the industry, she has also pushed legislation to promote the adoption of health information technology. Secondly, pharmaceutical companies believe that Clinton will likely be the Democratic nominee for president in 2008, and wish to get on her good side now.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Hillary_Clinton

There is a breakdown of her campaign funds on that site.



she raised more money from pharmaceuticals than any other candidate with the exception of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)

Interesting.

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#574028 --- 05/08/07 07:32 PM Re: Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals [Re: ]
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Mrs. Bush's Remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting
Sheraton New York
New York, New York





10:13 A.M. EDT

MRS. BUSH: Thank you, President Clinton, for your very kind introduction. I'm delighted to be a part of this year's Clinton Global Initiative. Thank you for inviting me, and thank you for the terrific development work you're doing through your foundation.

This week, leaders from around the world have gathered in New York to advance goals shared by people in every country: economic empowerment, education, and good health.

The eagerness of children to learn, the desire of individuals to provide for themselves and their families, and the longing of mothers to see their babies grow up healthy and strong are universal. Yet poverty, a lack of education, and pandemic diseases have kept millions around the world -- especially in the developing world -- from fulfilling these fundamental desires.

But thanks to the initiative of governments and the people in the developing world, men and women of many nations are creating sustainable solutions to poverty, lack of education, and pandemic disease. The American people are proud to stand with them.

President Clinton, I thought that your audience today might want to hear a few of the things the American people are doing through their government to support international development. Because of partnerships between developed countries and nations in the developing world, there's now a great optimism that the advantages enjoyed by so many in the developed world can be enjoyed by people everywhere.

These partnerships are addressing poverty. Since 2001, America's support for international development has doubled, and support for Africa has more than tripled. Last year, at the G8 in Gleneagles, the United States and other nations worked to secure up to $60 billion in debt relief to the world's poorest countries. The U.S. pledged to double assistance to sub-Saharan Africa by 2010.

Even more important is building free economies, which yield long-term prosperity. In 2002, our country launched the Millennium Challenge Account -- a $5 billion initiative that encourages governments to become more transparent, to invest in their people, and to foster economic freedom.

Through partnerships between the United States and the developing world, we're addressing a lack of education. Just this year, the American people have provided more than half a billion dollars to support educational initiatives abroad.

We're supporting initiatives like the Women's Teacher Training Institute in Kabul, which was established through a partnership between the government of Afghanistan and USAID. At the Institute, women from the provinces have a safe dorm to stay in while they're trained to be teachers. Then they can go home and train more teachers in a cascading effect, with the purpose of opening and staffing as many new schools as possible.

And in Ghana, I visited the Accra Teacher Training College, which participates in the Textbooks and Learning Materials Program. As part of the program, six American universities have partnered with six African countries to produce and distribute 15 million primary-school textbooks for African students. The program is part of our country's African Education Initiative, a $600 million commitment that's already helped train more than 400,000 teachers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Through partnerships between the United States and the developing world, we're addressing pandemic disease. The challenges posed by illnesses like malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS are significant. In Africa, malaria kills 3,000 children every day, and this largely preventable disease claims 1.2 million lives a year. But last year, our country launched the President's Malaria Initiative -- a five-year, $1.2 billion program that joins the government and private sector to combat malaria in 15 of the hardest-hit countries.

By the end of this month, through partnerships with the first three focus countries, aid from the American people will already have reached about six million Africans. And in December, the President and I will host a White House Summit on Malaria to help build on the President's Malaria Initiative's success.

HIV/AIDS is one of the greatest humanitarian challenges of our time. Around the world, nearly 40 million people are affected. Just a few years ago, many believed that the AIDS crisis could never be overcome. In 2003, our country launched the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, a five-year, $15 billion initiative to combat AIDS in 120 countries around the world.

The Emergency Plan works in partnership with the hardest-hit countries, and that partnership is saving lives. When the United States first launched PEPFAR, it was believed that only 50,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa were thought to be receiving antiretroviral treatment. Now, in PEPFAR's 15 focus nations, our country has helped more than half a million people get treatment. These people are learning to live with HIV -- instead of waiting to die from it.

In South Africa, I visited the Mothers-to-Mothers Program, which is funded with PEPFAR seed money. At "Mothers" centers, HIV-infected pregnant women receive information and support to keep their unborn children HIV-free.

"Mothers" also empowers women with education, so that they and their children can stay healthy. Mothers who've successfully delivered HIV-negative babies mentor other mothers. The program encourages mothers to go to school. And "Mothers" helps women discover their artistic talents through beading and crafts, and to use their skills to provide for themselves and their children.

Earlier this year, "Mothers" partnered with the Venice Arts Council to provide women with photography lessons and camera equipment -- encouraging the women to tell their stories of survival through art. Today, the photos are on display in the Venice Art Walk in Los Angeles, and future displays are planned for Stanford, Harvard, and the United Nations. One of the women, Caroline, is planning a photo book to document her life as an HIV-positive mother in a South African township.

Before she came to the Mothers-to-Mothers program, Caroline was a struggling single mother living in a shack. Today, Caroline's little boy is healthy, and she's an internationally exhibited artist, confident in her future.

Through programs like Mothers-to-Mothers, HIV-positive people are finding a new sense of hope and purpose. The founder of the Mothers Program, Dr. Mitch Besser, says this hope makes all the difference. When people know that HIV is not a death sentence, they're more likely to seek testing and treatment. They share their status with their family members, helping to break the stigma of HIV. "The hallmark of our program," Dr. Besser says, "is living positively."

In the developing world, millions are now living positively. Today I'm pleased to announce that the United States government is partnering with the Case Foundation, the MCJ Foundation, and other organizations to help address one of the greatest health crises in Africa today: the lack of clean water.

Around the world, more than a billion people do not have safe water to drink, or to use to keep themselves and their homes clean. A child dies every 15 seconds from illnesses related to unsafe water. Without clean water, people suffering from HIV and AIDS can't take their antiretroviral medicines safely and easily, and their weakened immune systems are exposed to dangerous water-borne diseases.

Unsafe water is also an obstacle to education. Water-related illnesses keep children out of school, and keep children from learning while they're in school. Finding clean drinking water is the central daily task of women and girls in many parts of Africa -- a task that keeps girls out of the classroom.

The public-private partnership we're announcing today will be known as the PlayPumps Alliance. PlayPumps are children's merry-go-rounds attached to a water pump and a storage tank. When the wheel turns, clean drinking water is produced. PlayPumps are fueled by a limitless energy source: children at play.

We invite other partners to join this Alliance to install 4,000 pumps in schools and communities, and provide clean drinking water to as many as 10 million sub-Saharan Africans by 2010. (Applause.)

The U.S. Government, through USAID and PEPFAR, is committing $10 million toward a goal of $60 million. And I thank Steve and Jean Case for their generosity, and for their work to raise additional contributions.

Nthabiseng Lamona, one of the women who participated in the Mothers-to-Mothers photography project, summed up her life's goals this way: "I want my kids to have a warm shelter, a bright future, a good education -- and my family to accept me. I want to own a house, to be independent, and to have a good job so I can raise my children."

These are desires written in the heart of every human being, of every race, religion, income level, and nationality. And through the generosity of governments, and contributions from the private sector, and the leadership of the governments of developing nations, we can succeed in helping people everywhere build a healthier, more prosperous, and more hopeful world for their children.

Thank you, President Clinton, for inviting me today. Thanks to your foundation for the important work you do. And thanks to each and every one of you here, each one of you, for your commitment to the people of our world.

Thank you very much.

END 10:25 A.M. EDT


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#574058 --- 05/08/07 08:34 PM Re: Bill Clinton announces AIDS drug deals [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: Festus!
Originally Posted By: Strawberry Jam
Originally Posted By: Big Twin
Retired, any idea how much $$$ were donated to Hillary's campaign by these drug companies?


Ask and ye shall receive, BT:

Despite her rocky relationship with the pharmaceutical industry in the past, Clinton has been very successful at garnering contributions from the industry during her Senatorial reelection campaign. As of July 12, 2006, she raised more money from pharmaceuticals than any other candidate with the exception of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). At this point, the total figure in contributions from this sector stood at $150,600. Some political analysts attribute the charity of pharmaceuticals to two factors. First, Clinton has moderated her positions over the past several years. She has proposed legislation to increase Medicare payments or stave off cuts in payments to doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care companies and home health agencies. In addition, she has introduced a bill to lower the cost of malpractice insurance for doctors who disclose medical errors to patients. With strong support from the industry, she has also pushed legislation to promote the adoption of health information technology. Secondly, pharmaceutical companies believe that Clinton will likely be the Democratic nominee for president in 2008, and wish to get on her good side now.

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Hillary_Clinton

There is a breakdown of her campaign funds on that site.



she raised more money from pharmaceuticals than any other candidate with the exception of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)

Interesting.


Hey, I didnt say anything but to answer BT's question. Interesting indeed...that's why I am an independent.

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