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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Dec 7, 2016, 12:35 AM

1. I'd be a lot more sympathetic to this article

If it had actual examples.

There are definitely medications that have been developed in the last 40 years that are life saving. However, there is a huge amount of medication that can be developed as generics that can also save lives. Why can't the Latin American countries cited in this article produce those? It's the easy way out to blame big pharma, but the diseases that killed 700k people aren't the ones that we've only found treatments for in the last 40 years.

If we look at India, for example, which has a high (relatively) rate of leperasy, the problem isn't the lack of cheap pharmaceuticals to cure it, but the logistics of finding lepers and treating them, relative to the opportunity costs of spending your health dollars on something else.

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