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New York area -- speaking of health care we have one of the leading industry experts.
-- joining us today on fox this is Brian Sullivan is at the Milken global conference in Beverly Hills right now.
With the chairman president and CEO of U violently Brian.
Alexis thank you very much we are joined by Jon -- -- and John we had -- talked more about the economy and pharmaceutical obvious it was going on.
The Swine Flu your visit is timely so thank you very much.
What do you make of this is they're getting really can do what can we do as Americans about this.
Well first of all I think we need to understand that we're prepared for this that the event several years ago including the stars outbreak.
Cause this to relook at our national infrastructure the government put plans in place and private industry put plans in place so companies like Willie.
Have a plan to deal with something like this to ensure that in the event it worsens were able to continue to provide other medicines across the board.
The people are gonna continue to need I think right now what's happening is that our plan is unfolding.
I think we need to continue take thoughtful measured steps to address.
The data as we get the data I think we need to remain calm and confident.
That we can.
That we can manage this well you are a research scientist by trade that's how you came up.
Could you have a Ph.D.
in bio -- Organic -- organic chemist which even better because it didn't we we talk about cell changes correct.
45 probable cases according to mayor Mike Bloomberg very small create -- million Americans but how much do we need to worry about the you know the growth of this.
Well I think any pandemic that's ever been recorded obviously it starts -- all sorts of we need to also keep in mind in the past several years we've had other.
Issues emerge in various parts of the world that have not turned out.
To produce pandemic so again I think we need to -- mom -- the situation carefully were clearly.
And respond appropriately.
With an infrastructure that as I said earlier Bryan -- thanks a lot stronger he different SARS which I think is an excellent point because a few years ago a lot of people may remember the SARS concerns started in southeast Asia.
And then spread it was kind of like this environment right people wearing masks and it was definitely a lot of coverage.
In the media now.
Sorry it's I think it's safe to say right -- -- a little -- wasn't as bad as some people had thought.
Well I think stars where it impacted.
Cause some problems and -- -- -- it was and it was global and we were able to contain.
You think this will be the same.
I think it's too early to say at this point.
This is were still very early.
I'm listening to news reports as you are.
I am I'm reassured by the fact that I think this has the world's attention and that we've got a better chance for coordinated action today vs.
What might have been more a more fragmented approach even ten years ago we saw with SARS was Tamiflu and some of the vaccines people rushed to use a run on some of these medications.
Right post anthrax concerns to grow so will we see a run on medications certain types -- is literally have anything to combat.
This so we don't we don't have that citizens.
Sure other companies have of various medicines that I think wolf will play a role.
Hopefully neither of prevention or treatment of something like this again I think much thought has been given to the availability and readiness.
Those kinds of medicines and and I'm sure that there are measures in place to make sure that they get to the right place at the the right time you know Brian I think this also underscores the need.
For us to continue.
To make sure that the research today that will enable us to to bring better medicines forward.
Award to have tools allow us to predict with even more precision win these things might occur makes it essential as we talk about Health Care Reform in this country.
We keep -- -- that -- problem is that there is so much concerned about Health Care Reform and now some of the planes and government might injure.
Private companies to the benefit of the government.
We've seen stocks across the industry like little like everybody to be fair -- way -- is it going to be a negative -- research.
I think right now the markets are telling us though we sit in the troubled industry are multiples are low we've seen massive consolidation.
Today 13 of publicly traded -- -- have less than six months of cash.
So I think we need that that vote of confidence again that innovation will be rewarded.
That innovation can thrive.
And that that innovation can still produce the kinds of breakthroughs whether it's alzheimer's or diabetes or Swine Flu that we know we need.
Public letter chairman CEO -- president Eli Lilly Joey brought him to talk about the financial but everything that's going well we do appreciate being flexible thank you very much about -- real time.
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