AIDS today is not a death sentence. It can be treated as a chronic illness, or a chronic disease.
As long as I can contribute, I'll continue working.
If tomorrow the Chinese decide not to supply the world with raw materials, the pharma industry would collapse.
If you look at the world's top 50 drugs being sold today, they are being marketed and sold by companies that did not invent them. I respect patents. I'll pay a royalty. But I shouldn't be denied the right to produce drugs for poor people at reasonable prices.
India made a big mistake by signing up to TRIPS. With a population of 1.3 billion, India can't afford a monopoly in healthcare. Monopolies lead to higher prices and we can't allow them in a country like India with so much poverty and misery. It was like signing our own death warrant.
Unfortunately, the mechanism for doing philanthropy in a structured way isn't yet in place in India. I already do a fair bit and support various causes such as education, sanitation, health. But selling costly drugs at affordable prices is philanthropy in itself.
Alleviation of suffering is my fundamental principle.
I believe that life-saving, essential drugs should be freely available and the innovator should be paid a suitable royalty payment for his invention.
I want it to be said when I leave this world that 'he was not just a money-making machine.'
Reducing the price of cancer drugs is a humanitarian move.
Cipla has a strong professional management team, and we take team decisions. My brother has been working at Cipla since 1973.
Every country has the right to determine its own laws. And India can't afford monopolies.
My father never forced me, but chemistry was my best subject.
Cipla has already developed a generic version, oseltamivir, which would be much cheaper than Tamiflu, the only available drug effective in treating avian flu.
I do believe anybody manufacturing products for healthcare cannot regard it truly as a 100 per cent business: it is business plus a humanitarian approach to society because you are saving lives. You are playing with people's lives.
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