Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  23 minutes
Date:  2003
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Patents and Patients

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India battles HIV/AIDS using generic drugs.

Life 3 - Patents and Patients

Dr. Yusuf Hamied, Managing Director of the Indian drug company Cipla, thinks the Indian government should put the country 'on a war footing' to tackle the HIV/AIDS epidemic that threatens his country. As evidence, he cites the 3500 new HIV/AIDS cases that are reported almost daily in India, as well as statistics suggesting that this year the total number of infected Indians may reach 35 million.

But there is another battle being fought, this one over how to deal with the pandemic in developing countries like India: a battle over the patents held on the anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) known to prolong the lives - and minimize the suffering - of HIV sufferers the world over. Cipla produces generic copies of ARVs whose patents officially belong to pharmaceutical giants like Bristol Myers Squibb and GlaxoSmithKline.

But without a proper health infrastructure to monitor patients and ensure the drugs are properly administered, India faces the risk of a drug-resistant HIV explosion, a new epidemic that will lead to even more deaths and misery.

With the support of NCDO The Netherlands; The European Commission Directorate General for Development to promote better understanding of development issues; and the World Health Organization.

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Main credits

De Haas, Joost (film director)
De Haas, Joost (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Bradshaw, Steve (narrator)
Hamied, Yusuf (on-screen participant)
Deshpande, Alka (on-screen participant)
Raaijmakers, Jan (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Series editor, Jenny Richards.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Joost de Haas

Television Trust for the Environment
Joost de Haas
Series Editor: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Big Pharma vs Generics
Health Care Costs
Business Ethics
Public Health
Medical Anthropology
Economic Anthropology

Distributor subjects

Anti-Retroviral Drugs
Business Practices
Human Rights
Science, Technology, Society
Social Justice


India, HIV/AIDS, generic drugs, Dr. Yusuf Hamied, Cipla, anti-retroviral drugs, ARVs, Bristol Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, drug resistance; "Patents and Patients"; Bullfrog Films

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