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‘Cheap at twice the price’. The Prime Minister and Big Pharma

‘Cheap at twice the price’.

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/northern/2013/09/13/cheap-at-twice-the-price-the-prime-minister-and-big-pharma/

Is it appropriate – or ethical – for the Prime Minister and Pollie Pedal to continue their association with AMGEN?
The US company, AMGEN is the world’s leading manufacturer of Aranesp and Epogen, synthetic versions of a drug called erythropoietin (EPO) which is used to stimulate red blood cell production in anaemic people but which is expressly banned in world sport because it enhances oxygen uptake. AMGEN’s sponsorship of the Tour of California earlier this year was criticised as “inappropriate” because EPO’s association with cycling is dubious.
The Australian branch of AMGEN – the world’s largest biotechnology company – has been the major sponsor of Pollie Pedal since 2007. In 2013 that sponsorship was valued at $80,000 .

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