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Pills, Patients and Profits
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Presenter Nigel Wrench

Introduction

 

Each year 40 million people around the world die from preventable diseases because the pills they need are either too expensive or existing drugs are no longer effective. Only 1% of drugs developed in the last 25 years have been to treat illnesses of developing countries.

Is it true that pharmaceutical companies are only interested in finding cures for illnesses which will make them the most money or are they committed to finding new and affordable treatments for diseases such as Aids, TB and malaria?

Nigel Wrench presents a four-part series which lifts the lid on one of the most profitable and powerful business in the world - the pharmaceutical industry.

From the big chiefs and their friends in the White House to the victims of deadly diseases in countries where treatment is unaffordable, the programmes uncover the politics of drug development and delivery.
 
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