When I was 22, I watched a friend become HIV+ cuz he couldn't afford Truvada PrEP which cost s$1,300/m but costs <$6 to make. CDC invented & patented PrEP, but they refused to stop Gilead's price gouging for yrs. Today, the the same thing is happening with remdesivir for COVID.
Last month, @cmorten2 & I showed that not only did (h/t @zainrizvi ) the US government spend >$70 million on developing & inventing the drug, the government is legally entitled to be co-owners of the patents for remdesivir. https://www.prep4all.org/news/remdesivir
The Federal Government Is the Likely Co-Owner of Key Patents on Remdesivir — PrEP4All
Our analysis indicates that the U.S. government likely has a legal right to claim co-ownership of remdesivir. If remdesivir proves safe and effective in treating COVID-19, as the world hopes it will,...https://www.prep4all.org/news/remdesivir
This means that USG can license remdesivir to generic manufacturers while paying no (or very little) $ to Gilead. Remember remdesivir costs less than $1 to make a dose, yet Gilead charges over $350 a dose for it. Our government could stop this price gouging today, but will they?
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