Wed 2 Nov, 2005 04:55 am
I didn't know whether to put this here or under finances, but:
"We bring to the attention of Global Research [source] readers this important commentary by Dr.Joseph Mercola.
The fundamental issue is who owns the intellectual property rights over Tamiflu. The media reports suggest that the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche will make billions.
While the drug is produced by Roche, it was developed by Gilead Sciences Inc.which owns the intellectual property rights. Gilead, which has maintained a low profile, has outsourced the production to Roche.
Donald Rumsfeld was appointed Chairman of Gilead Sciences, Inc. in 1997, a position which he held in the years prior to becoming Secretary of Defense.in the Bush adminstration. Rumsfeld had been on the Board of Directors from the establishment of Gilead in 1987.
As confirmed in a company press statement in 1997, Donald H. Rumsfeld assumed the position of Chairman, of GILEAD: :
"Gilead is fortunate to have had Don Rumsfeld as a stalwart board member since the company's earliest days, and we are very pleased that he has accepted the Chairmanship," Dr. Riordan said. "He has played an important role in helping to build and steer the company. His broad experience in leadership positions in both industry and government will serve us well as Gilead continues to build its commercial presence."
According to company statement: Gilead Science Inc "has been active in the development of inhibitors for the potential treatment and prevention of viral influenza and protease inhibitors for the potential treatment of HIV"
"The Company's research and development efforts encompass three interrelated programs: small molecule antivirals, cardiovascular therapeutics and genetic code blockers for cancer and other diseases. Gilead's expertise in each of these areas has also resulted in the discovery and development of non-nucleotide product candidates, including neuraminidase inhibitors for the potential treatment and prevention of viral influenza and protease inhibitors for the potential treatment of HIV"
Also find below an article published in the SF Chronicle, which points to the relationship between GILEAD and Roche in relation to the Rights over Tami Flu.
Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 26 Oct 2005"
Finally, the pieces of the puzzle start to add up. Not long ago, President Bush sought to instill panic in this country by telling us a minimum of 200,000 people will die from the avian flu pandemic, but it could be as bad as 2 million deaths in this country alone.
This hoax is then used to justify the immediate purchase of 80 million doses of Tamiflu, a worthless drug that in no way shape or form treats the avian flu, but only decreases the amount of days one is sick and can actually contribute to the virus having more lethal mutations.
So the U.S. placed an order for 20 million doses of this worthless drug at a price of $100 per dose. That comes to a staggering $2 billion.
We are being told that Roche manufactures Tamiflu and, in a recent New York Times article, they were battling whether or not they would allow generic drug companies to help increase their production.
But if you dig further you will find that a drug was actually developed by a company called Gilead that 10 years ago gave Roche the exclusive rights to market and sell Tamiflu.
Ahh, The Plot Thickens...
If you read the link below from Gilead, you'll discover Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was made the chairman of Gilead in 1997.
Since Rumsfeld holds major portions of stock in Gilead, he will handsomely profit from the scare tactics of the government that is being used to justify the purchase of $2 billion of Tamiflu.
Does anyone else see a problem here?
The potential for a pandemic is not a hoax. We are overdue for a pandemic, and with today's technology for moving people around the planet quickly, an outbreak could spread with devastating speed.
However, the media is not explaining the risk very well. Large numbers of people are not in danger of the bird flu in its present form. The true fear is the it will mutate into a lethal form which moves from human to human without birds as hosts (this is exactly what happened in the Pandemic of 1918, and with other less lethal strains).
A lethal pandemic will occur again, it's only a matter of time, and probably not a long time (the next few years). However, for the first time in history, we have the ability to anticipate and counter the progress of the virus, but it all depends on our ability to react rapidly with production and distrubution of vaccine. A technical and political challenge which needs to be solved BEFORE the outbreak begins.
Well, I think you are momentarily in a better situation than we here in Europe ... until now.
Virusses don't need passports and visas, and much easier than in 1918 oceans are crossed today.
Re: Bird Flu Hoax? or Why am I not surprised?
Does anyone else see a problem here?
Yup. The problem is that you have a handful of unsupported accusations that results is a story that means absolutley nothing.
Isn't "Global Reserach" the same group that fostered the conspiracy theory that the U.S. government secretly created HIV and purposely spread it around in Africa?
i have no affection for rummy, but if neo-cons are smart enough to engineer a flu epidemic, the jig's up anyway, so i prefer to think that he's either lucky or astute to have a stake in Tamiflu. this isn't like WMD in Iraq. people, not to mention birds, have died, and according to the WHO, around 30 countries are stockpiling drugs. China is also negotiating to produce Tamiflu, and i doubt it's out of a desire to enrich rummy; a cynic might suppose that China wants a piece of the Tamiflu action, but i doubt it would have a major impact on an economy of that size.
please also refer to the parallel thread on this topic...BIRDFLU...
H5N1 is nothing to sneeze at.
Focus should have been on that virus from the beginning, not anthrax or smallpox.
A deadly flu virus is possibly the cheapest and deadliest bio-weapon you could create. All you need is a high concentration of livestock in one place next to a high population of humans, which we already have in South-East Asia.