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  •  The other part of this equation is... (6+ / 0-)

    How drugs are developed, patented and released to the market has to be improved.

    Right now, all a new drug as to do is prove that it is a unique chemical composition and it is better than a sugar pill and it can be patented and marketed to doctors at whatever price they want.  They do not have to prove that it is better than an aspirin or better than the current leading treatment.  Doctors cannot possibly be expected to keep up with the hundreds if not thousands of news drugs put on the market every year so they get trained by the very same drug companies in which drugs to use.  Additionally, most of the watchdogs in the FDA moonlight for the drug companies and you have quite a few conflicts of interest at hand.

    The fix is simple:
    1.) Allow our government to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies.
    2.) Make new drug patent applicants test their drugs against the current most popular treatment.
    3.) Create a government "Best Practices" board that makes recommendations and provides training for doctors on advised pharmaceuticals based strictly on performance data.
    4.) Eliminate conflicts of interest in the FDA by outlawing part time jobs with pharmaceutical companies and replacing the revenue by offering bonuses for discovering law violations.

    "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

    by Buckeye Nut Schell on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:14:18 AM PST

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