Restless Development joined AIDS activists from across the UK to stage a murder mystery inspired protest on Wednesday 19th Setember outside the gates of a UK Novartis plant, demanding the Swiss pharmaceutical giant drops a court case which campaigners say could strangle the supply of affordable medicines from India to the developing world.
The Cluedo cast discover 'who dunnit'
Novartis has been locked in an ongoing battle with the Indian government for the last six years following the rejection of a patent on a cancer drug. As the Supreme Court case moves into its second week, activists dressed as characters from the famous murder mystery game Cluedo protested outside Novartis, demanding to know “who dunnit”? Dressed as Miss Scarlett in a red evening gown, student campaigner Cat Towriss said:
“With over 80% of people receiving Indian produced generic medicines in the developing world, all clues led us to deduce that it would be ‘Novartis, in the Indian Supreme Court, with Greed’ that would lead to the demise of affordable medicines if they win this court case.”
India is known as the ‘pharmacy of the developing world’ as their generic medicines industry has become vital to the health of the world’s poor, with millions across Africa, Asia and South America relying on high quality, affordable Indian-produced medicines to survive.
To read the full summary and find out more about the Student Stop Aids Campaign against Novartis visit the Stop Aids Campaign webpage http://stopaidscampaign.org/2012/09/novartis-stop-strangling-the-supply-of-affordable-medicines-from-india/
You can watch a video of the protest made by the Restless Development team below.
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