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September 8th, 2005
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Yes, the pharmaceutical companies do care...
See the article below for what Lilly, a major supplier diabetes care, has done for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. I heard a lot about diabetics in trouble during the hurricane, because they were in need of insulin, so this would have been a great help. Also, the Wall Street Journal has an article (today's, I believe) about what the pharmaceutical companies have contributed so far, together: $42 million.

The first article is here:

Lilly Provides Financial Support, Product Donations in Wake of Hurricane Katrina
August 31, 2005

Company will work through relief agencies to provide cash and medicines

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Aug 31, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --

Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) today announced that it will provide cash and medicines to assist in the recovery efforts underway in the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. The company will make a direct cash contribution of $1 million, and in addition will match dollar-for-dollar all contributions made by its U.S. employees to the American Red Cross.

Lilly also will donate $1 million in insulin to those in need in the affected areas, and will assess the appropriateness of donations of other medicines as the specific needs become clearer. All of the company's product donations will be coordinated through Heart to Heart and the American Red Cross.

"We have seen the pictures of devastation and we grieve for the victims of this disaster," said Sidney Taurel, Lilly's chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Starting today, with these donations of cash and life- saving insulin, Lilly will do whatever we can to ease the suffering of survivors and help the affected communities rebuild."

Taurel added that the company recognizes that this disaster will require a long-term commitment and therefore will continue to monitor the situation to determine how Lilly can best provide aid to survivors of this natural disaster.

Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of first-in-class and best-in-class pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers -- through medicines and information -- for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at www.lilly.com .

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From:cyloran
Date:September 9th, 2005 01:11 am (UTC)
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That's fantastic and heartening to hear, especially since I'm rather sensitive to diabetics and their needs. There but for the grace of God go I, as it were. Thank you for sharing that.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 9th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
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Thanks - *S*.
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