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Sat Sep 23, 2017, 04:00 PM

3. Regrettably, this kind of drug is likely to be expensive. It may be cheaper, however, than...

...requiring a lifetime of the triad therapy used now.

I know a fair bit about what goes into making a drug like this. The requirements are unbelievable. The work is performed by people who have spent a quarter of century - or more - of education and training - and they'd like to be paid for their effort - and a tremendous amount of equipment and equipment maintenance is required to safely and reliably provide these materials.

I've seen some questionable things in the pharmaceutical industry in decades of experience, to be sure; but I've also seen tremendous courage and tremendous sacrifice.

There were some hard times in my life involved with this work, even some very real danger, but when I look back, I realize that there are people who are alive because of the efforts of millions of people like me, and not just alive, but people who would be blind without that work, people who would have otherwise seriously disabled or crippled.

You cannot imagine a deeper sense of satisfaction.

People somehow think somehow that it's all about profit and greed. It isn't.

The question we need to ask as a society is how much is a human being, particularly a young human being worth. Are a hundred human lives worth the salary of some hoople quarterback on a football field where people are beating each other's brains to a pulp?

I think so, but I'm not necessarily in the majority.

It is interesting to note, in any case, that drugs that cure diseases can be less profitable than drugs that patients need to take their entire lives. This reality has led me to see some of the less satisfying things I've seen; it is why, for example, that the development of new antibiotics is lagging against the evolution of resistant strains.

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