Whereas pharmaceutical executives typically try and painting such consolidation as a way to extend operational effectivity, the report states that “digging a stage deeper ‘exposes a troubling industry-wide pattern of billions of {dollars} of company sources going towards buying different pharmaceutical companies with patent-protected blockbuster medication as an alternative of placing these sources towards’ discovery of recent medication.”

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

“As an alternative of spending on innovation, Large 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 said in a press launch introducing the report. “As our report exhibits, Large Pharma has little incentive to put money into new, critically wanted medication. As an alternative, pharmaceutical giants are free to dedicate their sources to buying smaller corporations that 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. […]





“You by no means change issues by combating the prevailing actuality. To vary one thing, construct a brand new mannequin that makes the prevailing mannequin out of date.” ~~Buckminster Fuller


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

Nicely, 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 an alternative, they describe what they are saying will probably be an accumulation of damning particulars. ”What we’re displaying is a sample of conduct,” a senior administration official stated. ”You are not going to have photos of warheads.

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

Clearly Saddam is a brutal dictator, and I am positive he is obtained issues to cover. However is he a risk 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 struggle that even super-hawks like Regular Schwarzkopf will not purchase.