[ExI] Problem with Pattents
rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 23:39:12 UTC 2008
On Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 3:44 PM, Tom Tobin <korpios at korpios.com> wrote:
> I think we're looking at the situation the wrong way. Instead of "How
> can pharma companies recoup their R&D costs?", I'd like to ask "Is
> there a better way to enrich the public good regarding medicine?"
> Between the questionable efficacy of many medical products and a
> laborious FDA approval process, I don't think the current system is a
> net gain; I'd rather see slower (and, hopefully, steadier) progress
> (with a combination of public financing, cheap generics, and looser
> regulations during a "prototype" testing period). I'd also like to
> see *far* more emphasis placed on prevention rather than treatment;
> prevention is both cheaper *and* more effective. A healthy diet and
> exercise regimen alone is worth more than the fruit of decades of
> research into new drugs.
### Yeah? How does that solve the problem of e.g. glioblastoma
multiforme? Healthy eating? Prevention??? lol
It's so easy to go handwaving with "enriching", "public good" and
other pleasant-sounding shibboleths. It's so difficult and expensive
to actually make something work.
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