Help Fight AIDS

As we mark World AIDS Day, recent news reports have stated that AIDS will soon be the third leading cause of death around the world. In poor countries, nearly 7 million people living with HIV and AIDS urgently need medicines. Half of those rely on less expensive generic medicines made in India. Now, drug company Novartis wants to make it tougher for poor people to get access to these generic drugs, many of which combat HIV and related illnesses.

Tell Novartis to drop their lawsuit.

Novartis is challenging India’s Patent law to prevent less expensive versions of its drugs being sold in India. If they win, this will threaten India’s ability to produce and export affordable generic drugs, including HIV medicines, which are benefiting millions of people in India and other developing countries.

This could seriously impede poor people in obtaining less expensive medicines and is against an international agreement that declares that developing countries can produce and import less expensive versions of medicines in the interests of public health.

Millions of poor people depend on these life-saving medicines. Please contact Novartis today and tell them to drop their lawsuit!

Thank you for your support of poor people around the world.

Sincerely,

Tim Fullerton
Oxfam America

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