petition and boycotting Novartis info

Posted on: Fri, 03/14/2003 - 6:07am
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Joined: 03/24/2000 - 09:00

This is also on Research Board. Sorry. There are many products that are listed in here to boycott.

This is a long post. I need email addresses for the main recipients before this can be forwarded to friends and copied from here. Please advise. I have checked websites and have come up short.
The idea is to send this to ANYONE who supports this view and ask them to forward it to the emails provided at the top. Any suggestions are welcome.
This email confirms that the sender has read the following information and supports the views presented. Please forward this to the persons listed below
To the attention of:
Dr. Daniel Vasella, CEO(Novartis)
Dieter Wissler,PhD (Novartis) [email][/email]
Martin Tanner (Novartis)
Arthur D. Levinson, Chairman and CEO (Genentech)
Nancy T. Chang, Ph.D.(Tanox, Inc.)
This letter is regarding the legal battle over the final drug testing of TNX-901 for life threatening peanut allergy.
The research, testing and development of TNX-901 offers hope for a normal life, free from the daily threat of potentially fatal reactions from accidental nut ingestion or exposure to over one million Americans. Although, it may be a treatment and not a "cure", FDA approval will change the life of millions and this cannot happen until final trials are completed. These fatal allergies affect not only the person who suffers from them, but those close to them as well as businesses ranging from schools to airlines to food manufactures.
People have put their lives on the line as test subjects, scientists have devoted endless hours to research and development. The Peanut Board, The Peanut Foundation and the NIH have all donated funding of clinical trials. People have offered money to Tanox, Inc. and have been told "money is not the issue." Money and patents are the issue and it is tragic that your companies cannot come to an agreement on fair compensation.
We are truly grateful for the interest and research that has gone into the development of this drug. Do you NOT understand that people would pay thousands of dollars for something that may cost your companies pennies to produce? It is understandable that each of your companies reap the rewards. If you, your child or a loved one had a life threatening disease that COULD be treated, would MONEY be the bottom line? No. You would do the right thing and come to a reasonable settlement as quickly as possible.
In consideration of the fact that Novartis and Genentech are admirable corporations developing many valuable drugs and shareholder demands put pressure on the desire for profits and large market share, we do not desire to adversely affect your efforts and earnings, however, we will boycott your products unless you come to a swift legal agreement that allows for the final trials of TNX-901.
We ask you to consider your actions and do the right thing for the benefit of people's lives. After all, this is what you publish as your missions.
From Novartis website:
Our Mission:
We want to discover, develop and successfully market innovative products to cure diseases, to ease suffering and to enhance the quality of life. We also want to provide a shareholder return that reflects outstanding performance and to adequately reward those who invest ideas and work in our company.
From Genentech website:
"We commit ourselves to high standards of integrity in contributing to the best interests of patients, the medical profession, our employees, and our communities."
-Arthur D. Levinson, Ph.D. Chairman and CEO
Our mission is to be the leading biotechnology company, using human genetic information to discover, develop, manufacture and commercialize biotherapeutics that address significant unmet medical needs. We commit ourselves to high standards of integrity in contributing to the best interests of patients, the medical profession, our employees and our communities, and to seeking significant return to our stockholders based on the continued pursuit of excellent science.
From Tanox Website:
We are committed to becoming a world leader in providing effective therapies for asthma, allergy, inflammation and diseases affecting the immune system. Through the development and use of innovative technologies, we will create products that address unmet medical needs by treating the underlying cause of disease.

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