[Marxism] outrageous cost of genes tests
acpollack2 at gmail.com
Tue May 21 10:01:38 MDT 2013
Big Pharma is always claiming it needs high prices to meet high R&D costs.
Marcia Angell long ago blew away that claim.
For instance, much of their "new" drugs are repackaging of old ones -- a
repackaging which MUST be done if they're not to lose market share to
competitors, or just have inadequate revenue in an absolute sense.
Within a marketized healthcare system, they ARE acting rationally from an
Unfortunately Angell, like the author of this op-ed, won't take the next
step and call for socializing the industry, but advocates more regulation.
PS: How does Cuba do it? That is, they obviously allocate through planning
the resources needed to do genuinely helpful R&D. Any ideas on the criteria
applied, who contributes information to the process, etc.?
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