The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Maryland Eastern Shore:
Pharmaceutical Lab Closing

May 6, 2024

The Jubilant Cadista Pharmaceuticals factory lab in Salisbury, Maryland, will close in mid-June and lay off its 221 workers, the company announced. The plant makes generic drugs, but prices have been falling for a few years—unlike the price of everything else! The company says it can make a higher profit by making the drugs cheaper elsewhere.

It’s a heavy blow for people in a small city in a mostly rural area to lose so many jobs in this economy. And it makes no sense to close a lab capable of producing 1.5 billion doses a year. This country is experiencing record shortages of far more than 200 medical drugs. This means people who need them can’t get them. But Jubilant is closing this lab.

In the capitalist system, pharmaceutical labs aren’t run to make people healthy. No, they are run to make capitalists richer.