As a future physician, I will be unable to fulfill my Hippocratic duty if patients can’t afford the drugs I prescribe to heal them.
Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) and poverty perpetuate each other in a vicious cycle. NCDs such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases are the leading causes of death in low- and middle-income countries. NCD risk factors such as tobacco use and unhealthy diet worsen poverty, while poverty exacerbates the rising rates of NCDs—both of these pose a substantial threat to sustainable development.
With more than 100 organizations around the world advocating for affordable access to treatment, YP-CDN has signed a letter today demanding Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche to drop the prices and stop its monopoly patents on trastuzumab and T-DM1, the company's effective but exorbitantly priced breast cancer medicines.