twester said:I hardly think it's likely that all the blame or the onus for the solution of high drug prices can be placed on the FDA. This article was highly slanted towards the pharmaceutical industry. The pharmaceutical industry is terrified of government regulation and they hold the threat of a backslide to 19th century medicine as an axe over the consumer's head if it ever happens. They'll just sit down and stop developing new drugs? Highly doubtful. But they might have to stop saturating television with advertising and give up some of their multi-billion dollar profits.
Regulating prices in almost every developed country except the US has not stopped the pharmaceutical companies from "developing" new drugs. Can the FDA process be reformed? Yes, but this article suggests that as a stall tactic to protect the industry's "free lunch" not as a way to ensure the safety of medications.
I thought Herbert Hoover had been thoroughly discredited in the American political mind. Who brought him back from the dead?
twester said:I hardly think it's likely that all the blame or the onus for the solution of high drug prices can be placed on the FDA. This article was highly slanted towards the pharmaceutical industry.
dilated said:That article was rather biased. The most ridiculous part was the assertion that "without Canadian policing, American manufacturers will withhold supplies from Canada to avoid losing all of their sales in the United States".
travis said:And if you think it fair that countries break drug patents (or more often threaten to, in effect, blackmailing the drug companies, aka brazil), then why shouldn't they break music, book, computer, electronic, automotive, or any other patents? Treating healthcare as something different than any other business has, IMO, led to most of the problems we are seeing...