Dr. Jason Stockton wrote:dgr01002 wrote:And "Big Pharma"...Michael Moore, anyone?
I'm all for free enterprise, but I don't like it when the government gets involved. Big Pharma isn't the only industry getting a governmental "free ride," but they are probably the biggest culprit. There are more lobbyists on the Pharmaceutical Companies payroll in Washington than there are Congressional representatives. This buys "Big Pharma" protectionist regulations and a ridiculous amount of tax-payer funded R&D money. . .for which the drug companies reap all of the profits.
And on top of all of the financial mess, the number of people (including babies) that die in the US every year due to the side effects of pharmaceuticals is one of the biggest scandals in our country today. . . in my opinion.
I certainly am not saying I want government to control medicine in our country. . .I just wish the people voted to protect us (Dems & Reps) were not so deep in the wallets of the drug comanies that they can't see straight.
Interesting balance between the pressure to bring an effective drug to market and maintain safety - all at an affordable price. The current late-stage failures have been a stark illumination of this problem.