Comments: Why Must Dean Baker Continue To Pester Us With His Crazy Schemes?

It pisses me off that the drug companies have gotten away with claiming that the higher prices are so that they can do research. The vast majority of genuinely new, useful drugs are discovered at universities, not drug companies. A lot of drug company "research" money is spent in making tiny modifications to existing drugs to create just-different-enough-to-be-patent-protected drugs that do nothing new. And then the rest of the cash is spent on advertising and marketing. The drug companies have simply figured out the most efficient way to work the existing system. This doesn't make them evil, any more than effective use of racism and homophobia to win elections makes Karl Rove evil. It's just the free market at work, baby. Or maybe the not-so-free market.

Posted by Ted at October 24, 2005 12:39 PM

Obviously this Baker guy doesn't understand the pleasure of paying $20 for a migraine pill that actually works. My mom, who uses the pills, says it feels good to support that drug company. It's just like when she goes to the health food store and pays more for organic strawberries. She knows she is supporting something good and worthy. It is unfortunate that Mr. Baker can not appreciate the similarity between an organic strawberry field and the great fermentation vats of engineered cells in the Genentech factory. Perhaps he needs to spend more time inhaling the fumes of each so he can appreciate their similarity. I did that and I am a changed subterranean mammal.

Posted by hedgehog at October 24, 2005 09:07 PM

Wait...does this mean no more free Vioxx pens? What am I supposed to write with now?

Posted by cp at October 25, 2005 09:21 AM