Drug Daraprim – level 3

07-12-2016 15:00

Daraprim, the drug which the World Health Organisation lists as an essential medicine against to malaria, has recently caused global outrage after a price hike from $13.50 to $750. It seems that the active ingredient for the life-saving anti-malarial drug can be produced for just 2 US dollars.

Under supervision from the University of Sydney and global members of the open-source malaria consortium, a group of Australian year-11 pupils and their teacher produced the drug. It was not a straightforward process, and it required a lot of dedication and extracurricular time on the pupils’s parts.

Difficult words: outrage (an extremely strong reaction of anger or shock), consortium (a group of several companies), dedication (hard work, wanting to do something), extracurricular time (the time when you do not have to be at school).

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