Ron Woodroof, who refuses to accept he'll die in 30 days when he's diagnosed with AIDS in 1986. He extends his life and eventually helps many other AIDS patients by smuggling medications from abroad.
From the Web: A son of Texas, Ron Woodroof is an electrician and rodeo cowboy.
In 1985, he is well into an unexamined existence with a devil-may-care
lifestyle. Suddenly, Ron is blindsided by being diagnosed as
H.I.V.-positive and given 30 days to live. Yet he will not, and does
not, accept a death sentence. His crash
course of research reveals a lack of approved treatments and
medications in the U.S., so Ron crosses the border into Mexico. There,
he learns about alternative treatments and begins smuggling them into
the U.S., challenging the medical and scientific community including his
concerned physician, Dr. Eve Saks. An outsider to the gay community,
Ron finds an unlikely ally in fellow AIDS patient Rayon, a transsexual
who shares Ron's lust for life. Rayon also shares Ron's entrepreneurial
spirit: seeking to avoid government sanctions against selling
non-approved medicines and supplements, they establish a "buyers club,"
where H.I.V.-positive people pay monthly dues for access to the newly
acquired supplies. Deep in the heart of Texas, Ron's pioneering
underground collective beats loud and strong. With a growing community
of friends and clients, Ron fights for dignity, education, and
acceptance. In the years following his diagnosis, the embattled Lone
Star loner lives life to the fullest like never before. (2013. 117 minutes)
DJE: The Dallas Buyers Club highlights the roadblocks the FDA placed for
patients to get needed care and the greed of PhRMA and many physician
"researchers" who benefited from the drugs they were developing.
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