The Sixth Session of the Brazilian Federal Regional Tribunal for the 3rd Region recently rejected appeals from the State of Sao Paulo and the federal government, siding with an indigent patient who was denied two osteoporosis medications by the national health service. The health service had previously ruled that the two drugs, Fosamax 70 and Maxicalc D 400 were not medically necessary in the patient’s case. The Federal Regional Tribunal’s ruling upholds the decision of a lower court based on the right of citizens to receive adequate medical treatment.
The lower court’s judgement condemned the federal government and Sao Paulo for refusing to supply the drugs in question as medically necessary. Sao Paulo then appealed the lower court’s decision, requesting the judgement be vacated and arguing that the patient failed to appear for mandatory check-ups at the Pharmaceutical Assistance Department. The state also argued that the court overreached its authority in this case as it is beyond the scope of the judiciary to interfere with public policy.
The federal government also appealed the decision, arguing that the defendant had no standing to file suit against the federal government as, in its view, the dispensing of pharmaceuticals is a state rather than a federal matter. Federal Judge Paulo Sarno took issue with both arguments, stating that the right of patients to receive medically necessary treatment is paramount.
Ricardo Tosto is a leading Sao Paulo attorney practicing in a number of specialty areas, such as criminal, civil, electoral, and corporate law. As the managing partner of one of the city’s most successful firms, Ricardo Tosto is well known for his insight and his razor-sharp approach to the law. He earned his law degree at McKenzie Presbyterian University, also in Sao Paulo.
Ricardo Tosto started out twenty-six years ago in a small one-room office. His law firm grew quickly, successfully competing with Sao Paulo’s most established legal professionals. Over time, Ricardo Tosto & Associates became a top firm thanks in no small measure to his ability to recruit and mold top quality legal talent. Ricardo Tosto has also been a pioneer in conceiving several innovative legal strategies which are today commonplace in Brazil.
As a business student myself, Dick DeVos’ passion for entrepreneurship deeply inspires and motivates me. DeVos’ career had begun in 1974 at Amway Corporation with various initiating roles in diverse fields. I believe this was a good start for him as he must have been able to absorb a wide variety of skills and strategies from this. In 1984, he acquired a leadership position within the company as its Vice President leading the company to expansion in 18 different countries. I was further fascinated when I discovered that DeVos had then secured the roles of the CEO and President of the Orlando Magic basketball franchise in 1991. He concluded his roles at Orlando Magic after three years in order to resume his contributions to the Amway Company as the company’s new President. To my gladness, I found out that over there, DeVos’ role had enlarged into leading Amway’s secondary branch, Alticor as well in the year of 2000. In the August of 2002, DeVos retired from his position at Amway and Alticor, in order to take up his new, currently held role as the President of The Windquest Group.
I was amazed to find that Dick DeVos is more than a remarkable businessman. He is also an active political figure. June 2, 2005 marks the date when DeVos was announced as a candidate for the Governor of Michigan. After spending large amounts of his personal capital for the campaigns associated, his defeat was not exactly a loss. I am absolutely stunned at how DeVos still actively participates in political activities from an external position with the best intentions of improving the prosperities of the American citizens. After the former President, Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election, I was amazed to read that DeVos promoted a ‘Right-to-Work’ initiative, particularly focusing on Michigan.
The Philanthropic Engagements of Dick DeVos
Dick DeVos’ contributions go well beyond just the professional world. I absolutely appreciate his enthusiastic philanthropic engagements that make the world a better place for everyone. DeVos pursues social causes that I particularly believe have equal importance in our society and includes arts, education, free-market economics, civic leadership, health care and environmental pollution. I was impressed with his multi-tasking abilities that I could interpret from his additional role as the President of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation since 1990. Through this organization, he conducts activities related to positively contributing to the causes. I am pleased to say that he had donated to several projects and funds and also awarded scholarships through his charitable organization.