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Sovaldi: pay or die

Hepatitis C is an illness that kills a thousand people around the world everyday. 900.000 spanish are infected and every year 10.000 die. Lately they have been multiple demonstrations in many countries due to a new medicine for this illness called “Sovaldi”. As Ignacio Escolar and Maria Jesús Ruiz say, this new drug is being very controversial due to it’s cost, the late demonstrations have been caused by the price of the drug and the stance the governments have taken. In Spain, the government has denied to give the ones infected by the Hepatitis C the medical prescription, as most think of them think, because of its cost that is 25.000 euros per treatment. Another controversial fact is the variation of the price between countries. Maria Jesús Ruiz says: ” In the United States the treatment of twelve weeks costs 67.000, in Germany 55.000, in the UK and Canada 45.000, Spain is on the average of 25.000 but Egypt and India are around 900 and 600, respectively”. Read more of this post

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Animal testing, how much does your skin cost?

No Animal Testing

As Belen Tobalina brings up, is it ethical the suffering of animals for cosmetic testing? Every year 115 million animals were used for scientific purposes. Only in the European Unión in a year 12 million animals were used, what means that every minute 137 animals were being tested for cosmetics or other kinds of scientific research. In 2013 the European Unión forbid the experimentation with animals for cosmetics, tooth pastes, shampoos ,deodorants and more. Belen Tobalina and Cristina Fernández say that the animals that were used the most for this kind of “research” were rats, mouses, rabbits and guinea pigs. Until 2013 it was obligatory the use of animals for testing products that later would be available for human consumption, as there was no other way to prove that they were not going to cause any bad or dangerous reaction to humans. Read more of this post