I don't know about patents, but copyrights are absolutely silly. Their purpose is to encourage the creation of more contributions to the world, but they work against that by preventing people from building off of the works of others for an absurd amount of time.I think our 10-year patent system for drugs is pretty good.
For other stuff, though? Shit needs rebuilding.
That's why that discussion is neither here nor there.
And anyway, the problem with drug shortages in general is quality and manufacturing problems. The shortage in the United States is also due to that.
Originally Posted by American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
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Well, these companies have moral obligations to their shareholders as well. Why don't you ask the ESMA (EU version of the SEC) where the company's obligations truly lie?/ten chars
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I'm really not going to try to argue with you if you want to claim that an opportunity cost is the same thing as operating at a loss.Yes they are. Every minute spent making X drug at $4 instead of Y drug at $5 costs them $1.
So? The point stands. Getting even richer at the expense of human life and suffering.Well, these companies have moral obligations to their shareholders as well.
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The drugs companies just know they can make far more money out of making other chemotherapy drugs and charge through the roof for them. Fluorouracil is profitable its just not as profitable as other drugs. That said if there is a demand for it some company will supply it even if it has to come from a different source than now (e.g. India).
Corporate greed shows it's ugly rear once again...
"because pharmaceutical companies say it is not financially worth their while to make it any more."
This quote turns my stomach, I can't believe they actually think & reason like this.
To declare that a personal, inner experience gives certainty about the workings of the universe is to assign far too much value to one’s subjective sense of conviction.
I’m not that arrogant.
The brain, marvelous instrument though it is, isn’t infallible. It can misfire, seize or hallucinate, and it can do so in a way that’s utterly indistinguishable from reality to the person experiencing it.