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Welcoming pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) reported announcement for cutting drug prices in the developing countries, Hindus have urged other pharmaceutical companies of the world to match this proposed price reduction.
Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that while making money was the chief goal of businesses but it was their moral duty to help the helpless as God wanted us to assist the weak.
Applauding GSK’s Chief Executive Officer Andrew Witty’s reported statement of cutting drug prices by 25 percent in 50 poorest nations, sharing knowledge of patents, and reinvesting profits in local hospitals/clinics; Rajan Zed urged GSK and other pharmaceutical industry leaders to come up with affordable HIV/Aids treatment and help create better health infrastructure in developing nations.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that greed was a form of pollution and excessive greed blinded the mind. He quoted ancient Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord) that says: there are three gates to self-destructive hell-greed, anger, and desire. Abandon these three.
GSK, a research-based pharmaceutical company having about seven per cent of world’s pharmaceutical market and dating back to early 18th century, is headquartered in United Kingdom with operations in USA. Its website says, “…we are committed to providing discounted medicines where they are needed the most”. It makes four billion packs of medicines and healthcare products annually.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal.