[ExI] Problem with Pattents
korpios at korpios.com
Tue Feb 26 04:16:29 UTC 2008
On 2/25/08, Rafal Smigrodzki <rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
Prevention would help knock down a whole host of easy targets that
claim plenty of lives; when heart disease kills 268 people out of
every 100,000 per year, tossing up an example with a 2 per 100,000
incident rate makes me scratch my head.
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