On Sat, 30 Jun 2012 16:29:53 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard
It is also spent on advertising the drugs they went out of their way
to produce, to make people think they had some new disease, which the
drug in question just happens to cure.
Pharmaceutical advertising is in the tens or hundreds of billions
annually, depending on your scope.
If you're trying to take a roomful of people by
surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets
if you don't yell going through the door.
-- Lois McMaster Bujold
It's called Mutual Assured Destruction. Canada, for example, goes to Pfizer
and says: "We'll pay your cost of production plus ten percent for your new
Pfizer says: "Not by the hair of our chinney-chin-chins!"
Canada comes back with "Then we'll abrogate our treaty on mutual patent
protection under the rubric of saving lives. The World Court and everybody
else will be on our side."
"We'd be more comfortable at 12.5%..."
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