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Fire In The Blood: An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’

February 22, 2013

An intricate tale of ‘medicine, monopoly and malice’, Fire In The Blood tells the story of how Western pharmaceutical companies and governments aggressively blocked access to low-cost AIDS drugs for the countries of Africa and the global south in the years after 1996 – causing ten million or more unnecessary deaths –  and the improbable group of people who decided to fight back.

Shot on four continents and including contributions from global figures such as Bill Clinton, Desmond Tutu and Joseph Stiglitz, Fire In The Blood is the never-before-told true story of the remarkable coalition which came together to stop ‘the Crime of the Century’ and save million of lives in the process.

As the film makes clear, however, this story is by no means over. With dramatic past victories having given way to serious setbacks engineered far from public view, the real fight for access to life-saving medicine is almost certainly just beginning.

Even today, over 7 million people globally, who are eligable for treatment, still have no access to life-saving ARVs . 72% of children living with HIV who are in need of treatment do not have to medication. Until late last year, no new TB drugs were developed for over 50 years. 80% of the world’s population don’t have access to sufficient pain relief. So why was nearly $900 billion spent on procuring medicines last year and yet under $70 billion on crucial research and development? The current system leaves many without access to the vital medicines they urgently need.

The documentary, which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, is being screened across the UK throughout Feburary and March. Don’t miss this chance to be one of the first people to see what is certain to be one of the most talked-about films of 2013! View the upcoming screenings and book your tickets.

Interested in Access to Medicines Issues? You can find our more here.

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