The Legacy of The Dallas Buyers Club

The Dallas Buyers Club was an informal group of doctors, lawyers, and those with diagnosed HIV/AIDS, led by Ronald Woodroof. It was made famous with the release of the 2013 film of the same name, starring Matthew McConaughey as Ronald Woodroof. Ronald Woodroof was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 1986. The only treatment available at that time was zidovudine (AZT). This proved ineffective in treating Woodroof. Rather than just accepting his fate, Woodroof began to research other experimental treatments for HIV/AIDS. However, none of these drugs or treatments were approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Woodroof, with the help of his doctor, began to seek out and import large quantities of HIV/AIDS drug treatments from countries such as Mexico, Israel, the Netherlands and Japan. At first the FDA turned a blind eye to this as in the 1980s FDA rules allowed US citizens to import a 90 day supply of unapproved drugs from abroad provided they were for personal use and not to be sold to others. However, as other people with HIV/AIDS contacted Woodroof in order to join the club and buy drugs to combat the illness, and the amount of drugs and money involved increased, it became impossible for the FDA to ignore Woodroof’s actions.

But due to the poor reception and cited amount of illegal downloads of the movie made in 2013 it had resulted in numerous court cases in multiple countries like Singapore, Australia & US. These have cause outcry and chaos as the firm demand payment as much as $5,000 from a normal civilian  that has downloaded the movie. Legal lawsuits are being filed and several of had to employ the lawyer that specialize in civil & commercial litigation to deal with it.

It has been seen as a case of bullying by the firm company and due now, the case is still not yet fully resolved.