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Think or blink!!!

Visalakshi Ramani

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Well! One is the real cost of the drug and the other
includes the grand shares of the greedy gentlemen! :(

News The Independent
AOC asks pharma CEO why $2,000 HIV drug costs just $8 in Australia: 'People are dying for no reason'
New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a simple question for the head of a major drug company: why should a $2,000 HIV treatment be available for just $8 in Australia? “You’re the CEO of Gilead. Is it true that Gilead made $3bn in profits from Truvada in 2018,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez asked Daniel O’Day, the CEO of California-based Gilead Sciences, during a hearing of the House committee on oversight and reform.Mr O’Day replied that the company had generated $3bn in revenues, not profits.Referring to Truvada, a drug used to reduce the transmission of HIV, Ms Ocasio-Cortez, pointed out that while it cost almost $2,000 in the US, it was available for just $8 in places such as Australia. In South Africa, it costs just $6.“Truvada still has patent protection in the United States and in the rest of the world it is generic,” said Mr O’Day said. “It will be generically available in the United States as of September 2020.”According to The Hill, the congresswoman replied: “I think it’s important here that we notice that we the public, we the people, developed this drug. We paid for this drug, we lead and developed all the patents to create Prep and then that patent has been privatised despite the fact that the patent is owned by the public, who refused to enforce it.“There’s no reason this should be $2,000 a month. People are dying because of it and there’s no enforceable reason for it.”Gilead disputes that the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), the preeminent public health body in the US, owns part of the patent for Truvada, a so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, treatment.Mr O’Day cited a number of examples in which scientists had researched use of the drug for PrEP, as the prevention use is known, before the CDC filed its patent application in 2006, according to the Washington Post.Committee chairman Elijah Cummings and other Democrats, said tens of millions of dollars in government grants, as well as direct research conducted by government scientists, had helped prove Truvada could be used to prevent HIV. He said Gilead’s high prices were preventing broader use of the drug; only about 20 per cent of the 1.1m people who should be taking it for prevention, were using it.“This treatment was developed as a result of investment made by the American taxpayers,” said Mr Cummings. “The problem is that Gilead, the company that now sells the drug, charges astronomical prices.The hearing came as activists for cheaper medicines filed a lawsuit this week, claiming that for years, major drugs firms acted to prevent a cheaper, generic version of HIV treatment becoming available.Activist Brenda Goodrow said: “The anticompetitive actions alleged in this case are shocking and help explain why the prices we pay for our antiviral pills just keep going up and up. “This gross profiteering explains why less than half of people living with HIV in the U.S. are virally suppressed, one of the lowest rates among the world’s high-income countries.”
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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Our medical insurance premium has jumped up
from 15 $ p.m. in 2018 to to 225+ $ p.m. this year!

Are we being fleeced by the insurance companies
by some mistake or have the policies been changed?

WHO CAN CLEAR MY DOUBTS???
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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Do men get raped /abused more often than women???


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News News18
177 Former Ohio State University Students Sexually Abused by Campus Doctor, Officials Were Aware
Dr. Richard Strauss was accused of abusing at least 177 male students when he worked as a physician for the university's athletic department and the student health centre from 1978 to 1998.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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Another feather of failure in his cap?

out their most memorable designer looks for the event, whether they're attending the amFAR gala or a star-studded movie premiere. To put it plainly, France's most highly acclaimed independent film festival is one big parade of the very best in red carpet fashion.

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News Associated Press
Federal appeals court rules against Trump on ending DACA
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court ruled Friday the Trump administration acted in an "arbitrary and capricious" manner when it sought to end an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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Youth is beautiful. But one realizes it after losing it! :(


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23-year-old girl from Pithoragarh becomes youngest woman to scale Mount Everest
A 23 years old, mountaineer Sheetal Raj has become one of the youngest women to scale Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world.In 2018, Raj, who hails from Pithoragarh district, had s
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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A proof for the NAri Shakthi - if a proof were really needed!

Women can do what men can do while smiling and feeling relaxed. Enjoy the rhythm and the raga played in the rhythm.

The performance of the mooga veenai artist is captivating!


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Preview YouTube video Sukanya Ramgopal Ghatam | "KOVAIYIL THIRUVAIYARU" | A Tribute to Saint Thyagaraja.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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What else can we expect when children give birth to children? :(

Teen pregnancy in India strongly linked to child stunting: Study
Children born to teenage mothers in India are more likely to be stunted than those born to adult moms, according to the first comprehensive study to examine links between teen pregnancy
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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Have all the showers ben diverted to Saudi Arabia?
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Flash Flood Sweeps Through Desert in Southern Saudi Arabia
Floodwaters rushed through the desert in Najran, Saudi Arabia, on May 17, social media users reported. The General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection in the Kingdom of Sau
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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The offer sounds very rational and reasonable.


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News The Telegraph
Donald Trump says he is in favour of abortion laws with exceptions for rape and incest
President Donald Trump on Saturday declared himself "strongly Pro-Life" but in favor of exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest, after several US states passed tough new restrictions
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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If this is the fate of a lady constable
what will be the fate of an ordinary lady?

News The Indian Express
Mumbai: 28-year-old 'molests' constable after she asks him to move bike, arrested
The accused, identified as Krishna Maeskar, molested the constable in a fit of rage after he was forced to move his bike, which he had allegedly parked in a no-parking area.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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Instead of fearing the 'blots from the blue' we must rather be scared of the nitwitted world leaders - who approach every global problem with an open MOUTH instead of an open MIND!!! :(

News Reuters
Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, U.N. arms research chief says
Renata Dwan, director of the U.N. Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), said all states with nuclear weapons have nuclear modernization programs underway and the arms control landscape is changing, partly due to strategic competition between China and the United States. Traditional arms control arrangements are also being eroded by the emergence of new types of war, with increasing prevalence of armed groups and private sector forces and new technologies that blurred the line between offence and defense, she told reporters in Geneva. With disarmament talks stalemated for the past two decades, 122 countries have signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, partly out of frustration and partly out of a recognition of the risks, she said.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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If a person can't accept himself/ herself as the person has been made, how can we expect the others to accept that person?

Lifestyle Country Living
Taylor Swift Opens Up About How She Became Comfortable With Her Height
The superstar says she "didn't like being tall" when she was younger.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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How strong the foundation must be to be able to support
the house + garden + soil + trees + fruits???

Kochi man grows 40 varieties of mangoes on his rooftop
A man from Kerala's Kochi has been growing 40 varieties of mangoes on his rooftop. What started as a hobby for Puthanparambil Joseph Francis, a technician by profes
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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Does Drama enter into Politics when Actors enter into politics???

Finance CNBC
Facebook says the doctored Nancy Pelosi video used to question her mental state and viewed millions of times will stay up
An altered video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made rounds on social media this week, which critics used to attack her mental state. Experts told The Washington Post the video appears to be slowed to about 75% of its original speed and altered for pitch, giving the impression that Pelosi's words are unnaturally slow or slurred. Versions of the altered vi
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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He deserves the name 'thalai ganam pidichavan'

meaning 'a person whose head is heavy'!

News Latestly
Indian Man With ‘World’s Largest Brain Tumour’ Let It Grow Because He Was Scared of Surgery: How to Check If Your Tumour Is Cancerous or Benign
A man called Sakthivel living in a small town, Dindigul in southern India was carrying a 5 kg tumour for 20 years. Surgeons believe that it is the "world's largest brain tumour." Another reason for him avoiding to opt for surgery is the cost of it, the medical bills would have been beyond his affordability and therefore he chose not to get medical advice. "The heaviest brain tumour in the world" was removed after a 10-hour long surgery done on him at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai in the south of India.
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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I have heard about and understood ' the loops within loops'
but these 'investigation over investigations' is beyond me!

News Associated Press
Trump moves to escalate investigation of intel agencies
President Donald Trump on Thursday granted Attorney General William Barr new powers to review and potentially release classified information related to the origins of the Russia investigation, a move
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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So what is the apt new name for the now hijacked democracy...???

News The Guardian
'Democracy has been hijacked by white men': how minority rule now grips America
The exercise of political power by legislative majorities of white, male elected officials in ways that disproportionately exclude or harm women and people of color is such a familiar part of the American
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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Trouble starts brewing whenever and wherever people try to convert the unworthy ducklings into beautiful regal swans!
East or West this bitter fact is a bitter truth.
As if there there is no one else competent enough for the post!


News News18
Sorry, Rahul Gandhi. You Tried But Failed, Now Congress Needs a New Leader
From the Congress perspective, the outcome of the 2019 Lok Sabha election has one villain - Rahul Gandhi. From day one, Rahul appeared every bit a misfit, a reluctant leader who lacked hunger
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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MCPs can not stand women being glorified in any manner!

Lifestyle Elle
My 'Aunt Harriet' Is the Greatest of Patriots. She Deserves a Spot on the $20 Bill.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delayed a redesign to add national hero Harriet Tubman to the $20 bill during a House hearing on Wednesday. "I'm not focused on that for the moment,” Mnuch
 

Visalakshi Ramani

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The foreign interference is welcome BUT
the investigation over the interference is NOT!!!

News The Independent
Trump grants William Barr full access to state secrets for review of Russian interference investigation
President Donald Trump has granted Attorney General William Barr “full and complete authority” to declassify government secrets, issuing a memorandum late on Thursday that orders US intelligence agencies to co-operate promptly with Barr's audit of the investigation into Russia's election interference in 2016. The president's move gives General Barr broad powers to unveil carefully guarded intelligence secrets about the Russia investigation, which the attorney general requested to allow him to quickly carry out his review, according to the memo. The president has labelled the investigation of his campaign a “political witch hunt”.

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