THE GOODWILL PILL MESS

ELI LILLY AND OTHER FIRMS GIVE AWAY MEDICINE TO PLACES LIKE RWANDA. TROUBLE IS, IT'S NOT ALWAYS OF USE

At the peak of the Rwandan refugee crisis nearly two years ago, the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, proudly announced "the largest product donation in Lilly's history and...the largest one-time pharmaceutical donation ever." The press release went on to say, "This is yet another example of Lilly's commitment to giving, especially in times of human tragedy. We are responding to the dire needs of the Rwandan refugees."

Well, sort of. The trouble is the gift was an antibiotic called CeclorCD, which is not on the World Health Organization's list of essential drugs for the treatment of refugees. Nor...

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