Thursday, December 17, 2009

Komen Foundation Opposes Pharmaceutical Cos. but Supports Hadassah Lieberman

I don't know what to make of this.

From the Susan G. Komen Foundation website:

"It’s been reported that Susan G. Komen for the Cure provides funding to harmaceutical companies. That is simply not true. We have never funded pharmaceutical company research – our grants, totaling $450 million, have gone to research institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Another $900 million in Susan G. Komen for the Cure funding has gone to programs in communities world-wide. We will commit another $50 million to research in the coming year."

Never funded pharmaceutical company research?? What an odd thing to say. Where on earth do these people think first rate successful chemotherapy drugs come from? Bark and herbs harvested by natives?

But they "will commit another $50 million to research in the coming year."

Don't get me wrong. I think the Komen Foundation does excellent work. My wife, Mrs. Locomotivebreath - that curvaceous, raven haired beauty whom I'd marry all over again - has donated her time, money and blisters over the years to "Race for the Cure." And I'm a big fan of save the tatas.

But this statement on the Komen Foundation website sounds more like populist CYA pablum, than a sure conviction to pursue every avenue possible to manage and eradicate this deadly disease.

Thankfully, Komen chose to ignore the tantrums of Leftist looters, and keep resourceful long time ally, Hadassah Lieberman, for the benefit of cancer victims and their treatment, rather than pursue political posturing at their expense.

I'm not sure what Komen's "advocacy on health reform" means, but judging from the ridiculous statement about Big Pharma, my guess is they lean left, and want another type of gub'mint invention to provide coverage for health care, possibly single payer? I don't know, but they have that liberty. It's what makes America great.

Hopefully, the Komen Foundation will stay grounded in reality, support the pharmaceutical companies' R&D - which has given the entire world a plethora of wonder drugs for generations - and won't advocate for natives to harvest barks and herbs.

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