Dr. John Virapen on the Greed of Pharmaceutical Companies
Sometimes when you think about one particular country or another, and admire it for a great government, a transparent press, a robust healthcare ecosystem, and so on. Or when you believe the doctor when he tells you your child has an attention-deficit disorder, as he or she prescribes medication for it. Or when the little discomfort you went to the doctor with, suddenly transformed into something lethal-sounding. And urgently needing surgery. Let’s not always be so trusting and naive.
Here’s a talk by ex-Director of pharmaceutical major Eli Lilly. The global company ranks 132nd on the Fortune 500 list, with a 2017 topline of USD 22.87 billion. Late ex-director of the company, Dr. John Virapen, worked over 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry, climbing from a sales executive to becoming director. And as he climbed the corporate ladder, he realized, and even participated in the dirt his company was involved in. Bribing governments and media houses, the pharma industry is in a dirty loop to make people sick and then treat them.
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A 27-year-old Amit Katarnaware does not seem to have a problem with corrupt politicians and bureaucrats eating the nation alive, drinking the nation dry. But he does have a problem with a few cartoons that just attempt to depict the sorry state those corrupt people in power have brought this nation to.
How convenient is that? Amit, if you have so much love for your nation and so much enthusiasm and energy to oppose anyone who attempts to compromise on the respect due to it, why don’t you just go and take the corrupt bloodsuckers in power to task instead? In case it did not strike you, the characters in those cartoons are the ones to blame, not the one who created the awareness messages, genius.!
And of course the guilty would react the way they do, allowing Aseem Trivedi to face the heat. It’s a natural reaction to guilt.
But seriously, if an educated man cannot differentiate between the real culprits and someone expressing the sad but true state of affairs, India still has a long way to go before corruption will cease to exist.
To put it simply so that you (Amit) can understand, once corruption ends in our country, everything from the Constitution to the Ashoka Pillar to national pride to even our faith and belief in our elected “public servants”, everything will automatically be restored to original glory.