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@Novartis, provide Dario, your former guinea pig, with the FREE medicine he needs for leukemia!

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He served as a first responder during Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan), despite his struggle with leukemia. Now Dario Raagas needs your help as he battles to save his life.

Dario was a “guinea pig” for eight years of clinical trials launched by pharmaceutical giant Novartis and its Manila subsidiary Novartis Healthcare Philippines (NHP). When his cancer became resistant to the Novartis drug, Glivec, and he needed another drug, Tasigna, he found he would have to pay the pharma firm P30,000 a month.

P30,000 is just about what the firefighter earns monthly, including benefits. If Novartis insists on making him pay for the replacement drug prescribed by his doctor, his family would have to starve! For now, Dario is taking cheaper medication, which causes skin and fingernails to turn black.

There’s no time to lose. Dario's doctor says his cancer is at an accelerated stage. “His prognosis is not good, and he knows it. I hope he gets the help he needs,” the Inquirer quotes, hematologist Dr. Gemma Udtujan, Raagas’ doctor since 2000, as saying.

Please join me in fighting for Dario’s life by signing this petition. Let us ask Novartis Healthcare Philippines (NHP) and its mother company, Novartis, to provide for free the medicine Dario needs to survive.

After signing, let’s share this on social media and ask as many friends and kin to sign up, too. Let’s engage Novartis and its PH subsidiary on Twitter. Let’s email them. Let’s call them up. Let’s work to save one hero’s life!



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