Can Universities Make Sure That Drugs Based On Their Research Are Licensed Reasonably?

from the probably-not dept

Joseph Franklin has written about how a group of universities have agreed to some basic principles (pdf) about providing drugs to developing nations at reasonable costs (or even free) in the interest of better global healthcare. However, Franklin wonders how well this will work in practice, and why it should only apply to developing nations, and not domestically as well. It's an interesting question, made more complicated by the fact that many drugs have their research started at universities -- frequently backed by government money -- but are later taken over by pharmaceutical companies who have no interest in such principles. I tend to think that such "principles" are nice to speak about, but are rarely effective in actually creating change. I would think that a much stronger argument is showing the economic benefits in keeping people alive. If you could rid some developing nations of certain diseases, you'd be able to open up vast new markets for other industries. Hell, imagine if you could get companies in other industries (food, clothing, transportation, etc.) to pay for drugs for the poor in developing nations, knowing that keeping them healthy will help those nations build their economy so they can start purchasing the same food, clothing and transportation...
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 25 Nov 2009 @ 6:13am

    Re: Re: Re: For profit health care

    Non-profit organisations are not government funded.

    Let us consider the potential accuracy of your statement, using facts rather than philosophical hyperbole. Then we can determine your reading comprehension.

    o According to the federal government of the United States, approximately $400 billion is available for non-profit organization grants.

    o Here is a quote from a November, 2001 article titled "Article: Government granting increases to nonprofits":

    As World Vision found out, sometimes getting the government dollar comes down to simply asking for it. "We're applying for more government grants and in return receiving more," admitted John Reid, chief operations officer of the Federal Way, Wash.; nonprofit.

    All told, the top 100 organizations were doled out extra slices of government cheese in fiscal '00 as government support in the sector rose 10.4 percent. The $751.5 million improvement over fiscal '99 numbers revealed a total categorical growth in every area excluding conservation organizations.

    o Here is another quote from the article "How Nonprofits Get Really Big":

    Bridgespan obtained solid financial data for 110 of the 144 high-growth nonprofits we identified. Of the 110, roughly 90 percent had a single dominant source of funding—such as government, individual donations, or corporate gifts.

    o One more quote, from the article "The work of nonprofits:
    Finances are tight when their services are needed the most":

    To do their work, the 29,300 nonprofits registered in Illinois rely on a mix of government dollars, foundation grants, private fundraising and their own endowments.

    There are THOUSANDS of such references on the internet, all describing how non-profit organizations apply for and receive government funding. Since you claim, based on your statements, to be well-read, and since my knowledge is supported by fact, and since my reading comprehension is, by your estimate, zero, then your reading comprehension must logically be in the negative numbers, probably by an order of magnitude since you spewed your nonsense in view of MASSIVE amounts of data contrary to your statement.

    Now, you also claim "Republican zeal." I have no idea what that means since I voted democratic party in the last election. Since I voted democratic party, and since you are clearly not republican oriented, it is likely that you are either an independent or a socialist.

    If you are an independent, then likely you struggle to make up your mind where to put your vote, which is okay, and understandable given your self-admitted reading comprehension issues.

    If you are a socialist, then you ascribe to the "take from those who have to give to those who have not," which has been a failed strategy in virtually every country where it has been tried, so we know where you put your faith.

    Thank you for "enlightening" me. It has been quite entertaining.

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