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    A Drop In The Bucket - CASE STUDY

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    A Drop In The Bucket - CASE STUDY

    Post by Empire895 on Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:04 pm

    Drug companies are facing a dilemma when it comes to dispensing powerful new AIDS medicines where they are needed most: In sub-Saharan Africa, home to seventy percent of the world's HIV-infected populations (24 million). The therapies are too expensive for most patients, and much of the region lacks basic medical services. The UN World Health Organization has pleaded with drug companies for assistance with this monumental problem by making the drugs more affordable to impoverished people.

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, maker of three AIDS drugs, has an approach. It will spend one hundred million dollars in five south African nations over the next five years to fund extensive research trials, train more than 200 physicians, and help non-governmental organizations bolster community AIDS-prevention and treatment programs.

    This program won't include drug discounts or handouts.


    1. What are some ethical concerns? Explain.
    2. Are ethical theories in conflict? Explain.
    3. What should be done, and why should it be done?

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