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Gilead Sciences’s criminal drug testing: a cover for the Pentagon’s illegal arms testing?

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The company Gilead Sciences has deliberately carried on with testing Sovaldi (Sofosbuvir), its drug against Hepatitis C, in violation of international laws and without first obtaining its patients’ consent.

24 patients died in December 2015, during tests conducted by the Georgian laboratory of the US firm. However, Gilead Sciences has decided to continue the tests without informing its guinea pigs that some of their predecessors had died. This led to another 49 deaths. This is what the former Georgian Minister of National Security, Igor Guiorgadze has just revealed, with documents to back up his words.

The price of the Sovaldi pill varies sharply from country to country. In India it sells at 4.89 USD, but in the United States at 1,000 USD. A 12 week course of treatment comes to 705 euros in India, 28 700 euros in the EU, but 84 000 USD in the United States.

The former US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, was the former Managing Director of Gilead Sciences and is still one of its major shareholders.

In 1997, Donald Rumsfeld managed to have recognized Cidofovir, drug fighting smallpox, and then to integrate its molecule into Pentagon research on bioterrorism, cashing in fabulous royalties. The following year, in 1998, he convinced President Bill Clinton to bomb a pharmaceutical factory belonging to Gilead’s competitor, Al-Shifa (manufacturing an anti-HIV drug, a copy of the drug manufactured by Gilead Sciences), using the pretext that Al-Shifa was manufacturing chemical weapons for Al-Qaeda. In 2001, when Donald Rumsfeld became the Secretary of Defence, Gilead Sciences provides anti-small pox drugs to the Pentagon during the anthrax attacks.

Igor Kirillov, the Head of the Russian Forces for radiological, chemical and biological, suspects that with the Sovaldi tests, the pharmaceutical firm is actually testing out illegal arms for the Pentagon.

The Russian Senator Igor Morozov considers that “the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should require the United States to publish its data on developing chemical weapons and tests on human beings. If this issue cannot be resolved in the organization, it must immediately be submitted to the UN Security Council”.

Translation
Anoosha Boralessa

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