A new drug that may help lots of people will apparently be more expensive than it should

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How dare they say human lives are more important than maximum profits? That’s Communism, that is!

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I think Cuba ought to specialize in making generic drugs, ignoring any patents. They are communists anyway, and under US embargo, so why should they care about capitalist ideas like patents? Sell cheap to everyone else.

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Evergreen headline.

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India already makes generics for most everything by ignoring patents, not granting patents that don’t improve efficacy (no evergreening) or making use of the TRIPS provision that allows a government to grant a compulsory license to a generic drug maker if a patent holder isn’t serving the public interest or in the case of an emergency.

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Probably they could only get Mylan to produce this drug by granting exclusivity rights and promising not to ship the tech package to other manufacturers.

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If generic drug makers are allowed to copy and sell cheaply without restrictions, this isn’t a win. Innovating and developing a safe and effective new drug costs over a billion dollars. If profits are taken away from pharma companies, new investments in these companies are too. This means no new drugs, or drug development at a drastically reduced rate. This is a really complicated issue and I wish people and politicians thought about it a little deeper.

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I doubt generic makers in India or Cuba are a threat to pharmaceutical companies. Those sell to poor countries that couldn’t afford the prices otherwise. Richer people are unlikely to buy a generic ‘made in Cuba’.

IMHO the ideal solution would be that governments pooled their resources and bought patents to new, useful medicines and put them in the public domain. Governments would get the money back through lower costs for medicines, more patients would be able to get access to the medicine, and the developers would get their money back immediately rather than spread out over decades.

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Mylan’s history is, umm, not great. one wonders why a nonprofit would partner with them on such a project?

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just takes a quick google search , no need to dig deep , rather on the surface , nose on one’s face , and such and all

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Fry-Im-Shocked-Futurama

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