Reducing the price of cancer drugs is a humanitarian move.
Alleviation of suffering is my fundamental principle.
I believe that life-saving, essential drugs should be freely available and the innovator should be paid a suitable royalty payment for his invention.
If you look at the world's top 50 drugs being sold today, they are being marketed and sold by companies that did not invent them. I respect patents. I'll pay a royalty. But I shouldn't be denied the right to produce drugs for poor people at reasonable prices.
AIDS today is not a death sentence. It can be treated as a chronic illness, or a chronic disease.
If tomorrow the Chinese decide not to supply the world with raw materials, the pharma industry would collapse.
Cipla has a strong professional management team, and we take team decisions. My brother has been working at Cipla since 1973.
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