Pharmaceutical companies controlled by market forces...b*llsh*t

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    Jan 06, 2008 1:06 AM GMT
    I just tuned into the Repugnican debates in time to hear Romney say that pharmaceutical companies should be regulated by market forces.

    To me that is b*llsh*t. Because you dont get to choose when you are sick or not. So you don't have the ability to say, "oh the price is too high, I wont buy now." The consumer isn't operating in a free market.
  • cowboyathlete

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    Jan 06, 2008 1:32 AM GMT
    Pharmaceutical companies cannot be trusted. Some of them will fight tooth and nail when their patent is about to run out on a drug they can make money from.
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    Jan 06, 2008 1:37 AM GMT
    As long as the cost of money is manipulated, there is no such thing as a free market.
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    Jan 06, 2008 3:40 AM GMT
  • GQjock

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    Jan 06, 2008 10:18 AM GMT
    More republican buls**t
    so then when the market forces make senior citizens take bus trips up into Canada to get some relief from the exorbitant "market forces" Mr Romney would be for that too?
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    Jan 07, 2008 2:12 AM GMT
    I used to be on a path to work for one. Anyway, they are like any other business. Out to make money. They are not there to help people out of the kindness of their hearts.

    Intense focus on heart disease, obesity, diabetes pills, baldness cures, etc...and little if any focus on malaria, trypanosome or other diseases that kill millions....(mostly in poor countries).

    Plus...dont forget the conspiracies...I have read of board members of fast food chains who also control many shares or are on the boards of big pharma companies too. Give them diabetes and then make a drug to treat it and get rich from both ends.
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    Jan 08, 2008 7:41 AM GMT
    They aren't as bad as oil companies, banks, and defense contractors. At least they aren't controlling or destroying the world. They make medicines. But I do agree that it is fundamentally a business because altruism is not profitable. My cousin probably makes more money as a salesman for Astra Zeneca than any of their researchers.

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    Jan 08, 2008 8:14 AM GMT
    Hmm, pharmaceutical companies regulated by market that case:

    • protectionist borders between the United States should be minimized or eliminated to allow for the free international market to regulate price and quality for the US consumer market; Canada, Mexico and China should have an equal playing field with Pfizer and the rest of the gang
    • public and private research institutions should start charging market prices for the services they provide the pharmaceutical industries
    • patents, which disturb the free market (positive to entice further developments; negative as it may prevent the most efficient producer from producing a drug for its most efficient price), should be limited to five years or according to a formula based on the cost of producing the result of a specific patent
    • no subsidies for you!
      I am sure that there is more; it's too early in the day for me icon_sad.gif