Watch: AOC Corners CEO For Charging $2000 For A Drug In The US While Charging Only $8 In Australia
During a House floor hearing on Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) cornered Gilead CEO Daniel O’Day for overcharging U.S. citizens for the HIV prevention pill Truvada while he sells it so much cheaper in other countries.
Ocasio-Cortez pushed O’Day to answer why the drug costs people in the United States $2000 a month while other countries like Australia get it for $8.
“Truvada still has patent protection in the United States and in the rest of the world it is generic,” he said, and then claimed that it will be available as a generic drug in the U.S. in September 2020.
Ocasio-Cortez was not satisfied with this answer, however, and she pointed out that the drug was originally discovered to be effective in preventing HIV infections by a federal lab in Atlanta — and she said that the U.S. government had patented the drug’s use for such treatments.
“We the people developed this drug,” she said. “We paid for this drug… There is no reason this should be $2,000 a month. People are dying because of it!”
Take a look at the video clip below:
We the people developed this drug. We paid for this drug. Despite the fact that the patent is owned by the public, we refuse to enforce it. There is no reason this should be $2,000 a month. People are dying for no reason.
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) May 16, 2019