In the age of Ebola, it's only too easy to forget other ongoing health crises like HIV and AIDS. But countries with large AIDS populations don't forget, and neither do the world's most powerful and profitable brand-name pharmaceutical manufacturers. The reminder came in South Africa earlier this year but is only now garnering the wider attention it deserves.
The story involved a highly respectable network consisting of a leading Washington lobbying firm headed by a senior associate of the George W. Bush administration working for Big Pharma companies in the United States and South Africa. We all know who they are. We use their products every day.