Hepatitis C Treatment Experiment In Egypt Testing Strategy To Provide Low-Cost Drugs While Protecting Western Markets
New York Times: Curing Hepatitis C, in an Experiment the Size of Egypt
“…Once demonized for withholding lifesaving AIDS drugs from poor countries in Africa, chastened pharmaceutical companies are testing an alternative strategy [in Egypt]: a complicated deal to sell hepatitis drugs at a fraction of their usual cost while imposing tight restrictions intended to protect lucrative markets in the West. The strategy has raised howls of outrage from public health advocates in some quarters. If it succeeds, though, the arrangement in Egypt may serve as a blueprint not just for curing hepatitis around the world, but also for providing other cutting-edge medicines to citizens in poor countries who could never afford them…” (McNeil, 12/15).