Rep. Katie Porter releases report on the unhealthiness of Massive Pharma mergers

Whereas pharmaceutical executives usually try to painting such consolidation as a method to extend operational effectivity, the report states that “digging a stage deeper ‘exposes a troubling industry-wide development of billions of {dollars} of company sources going towards buying different pharmaceutical companies with patent-protected blockbuster medicine as a substitute of placing these sources towards’ discovery of latest medicine.”

Merger and acquisition (M&A) offers are sometimes executed to “increase inventory costs,” to “cease rivals,” and to “purchase an revolutionary blockbuster drug with an unlimited potential income stream.”

“As an alternative of spending on innovation, Massive Pharma is hoarding its cash for salaries and dividends,” the report says, “all whereas swallowing smaller corporations, thus making {the marketplace} far much less aggressive.” […]

“Competitors is central to capitalism,” Porter stated in a press launch introducing the report. “As our report reveals, Massive Pharma has little incentive to put money into new, critically wanted medicine. As an alternative, pharmaceutical giants are free to commit their sources to buying smaller corporations which may in any other case pressure them to compete.”

“Lives are on the road; it is clear the federal authorities must reform the way it evaluates healthcare mergers and patent abuses,” Porter added. […]





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On this date at Every day Kos in 2003—No conclusive proof:

Effectively, at the same time as administration officers hype Powell’s “Adlai second” on the UN subsequent week, there’s nonetheless some dampening of expectations:

Officers cautioned that nobody picture or piece of proof will conclusively show the administration’s case; as a substitute, they describe what they are saying will likely be an accumulation of damning particulars. ”What we’re exhibiting is a sample of conduct,” a senior administration official stated. ”You are not going to have footage of warheads.

I believe I’m lastly resolved to the truth that conflict is inevitable. It is a disgrace that Bush is so hell-bent on going to conflict that he’ll threat the lives of hundreds to take action, and all on circumstantial proof.

Clearly Saddam is a brutal dictator, and I am certain he is acquired issues to cover. However is he a menace to U.S. nationwide safety—value throwing away lives and treasure to depose? That case has not been made. And it will not be made. However that is irrelevant to an administration that retains utilizing discarded “proof” of a nuclear program (the aluminum tubes) and a hypothetical hyperlink to Al Qaeda to justify a conflict that even super-hawks like Regular Schwarzkopf will not purchase.

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