10 diciembre 2007

We will all end up this way

Dear Friends

As a University Professor at the Kennedy University I taught five subject, among them Pharmaceutical Use and Administration. I had more than 50 excellent students, inquisitive and eager to learn more. My mission, as well as teaching pharmaceutical legislation, was to explain to them how this activity functions commercially, and in the course of one of our projects, we were dealing with a type of decongestive nasal drops, a naphazoline-based drug, which has been on the market for more than 40 years. On consultation with the biggest supplier of drugs for the pharmaceutical industry it was revealed that the cost per vial was 0,03 pesos, and the sale price 11,25 pesos - a profit of 37500%. Of course this has no comparison with any legal activity.

I was invited on 5th June 2007 to the Annexe of the House of Representatives of the Nation where workshops were being held on “Ethics and Medications”. Those present were legislators, union officials, and the members of the Pharmaceutical Chambers, supposedly not invited, but there they were in the second row, pharmacists etc. At the end of the workshop anyone who wished could make a presentation. I chose to do so, and I addressed myself in particular to the members of the industry very near to me. The problem is the difficulty of access to pharmaceuticals, our compatriots are dying, especially children, many of them very young, and these people shamelessly make a profit of 37500%. This is a huge scandal which the State should, and must, resolve – it cannot be ignored.

The response to my words came all too soon – not in an attempt to find a solution to the matter but, on the contrary, to get me out of the way. I was summoned by my Dean Dr. Capón Filas, and the Director of Pharmaceuticals Magariños, and with a hurtful speech reminiscent of Kafka they took the chair of Pharmacy away from me. All my other titles were removed a few days later, but I don’t regret it, I cannot be part of such enormous complicity.

Incidentally, my last salary, including bonus, was 231 Pesos.

Yours truly,

Eduardo Marcelo Cocca

University Professor

e-mail : profcocca@gmail.com

THESE ARE THE EMAILS OF ALL THOSE PERSONS RESPONSIBLE FOR REMOVING ME FROM MY POSITIONS, IN CASE ANYONE WISHES TO SAY ANYTHING TO THEM

A BROTHERLY HUG FOR EVERYONE

EDUARDO COCCA

Dr. Rodolfo Capón Filas
caponfilas@fibertel.com.ar

Pharmaceuticals : Maria del Carmen Magariños
magarino@biol.unlp.edu.ar
mcmagarinos@fibertel.com.ar

Rector
rectorado@kennedy.edu.ar

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