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Should new drugs be patentable? | 158 comments | Create New Account
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Should new drugs be patentable?
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 16 2012 @ 09:24 AM EDT
Your professed concern for my children is touching.

However, your position would deny them cures for what ever diseases might befall
them and would deny them me, as Crestor would not have been invented without the
availability of patent protection.

No one would invest the hundreds of millions it costs to develop new drugs if,
after a drug has been developed, tested and approved by regulatory authorities a
competitor could simply reverse engineer a pill and start producing and selling
copies near the cost of production instead of above the cost of development and
approval and production.

Patents prevent that and thereby promote advancement. It is the same in all
areas, including "software".

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