American Medical advancements a thing of the past?

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    RealClearPolitics - Obama Would Stifle Military and Medical Creativity
    We also may be at risk of squandering our high-tech advantage in medicine. As Scott Atlas of the Hoover Institution points out, the top five American hospitals conduct more clinical trials than all the hospitals in all other developed countries. America has outpointed all other countries combined in Nobel Prizes for medical and physiology since 1970.

    American theoretical health research financed by the National Institutes of Health and by American market-oriented pharmaceutical companies outshines the rest of the world combined. And the rest of the world tends to get the benefits at cut rates. American taxpayers finance NIH, which reports results publicly to the whole world.

    Pharmaceutical companies that produce benefits for patients and consumers get the profits that support their research disproportionately from Americans, because other countries refuse to spend much more than the cost of producing pills, which is trivial next to the huge cost of research and regulatory approval. Getting these free riders to pay more is, again, Sisyphus's work.

    The Democratic health care bills threaten to undermine innovation in pharmaceuticals and medical technologies by sending those with private insurance into a government insurance plan that would be in a position to ration treatment and delay or squelch innovation. The danger is that we will freeze medicine in place and no longer be the nation that produces innovations that do so much for us and the rest of the world.

    We are quick to grow irritated with the imperfections of our health care system and with the inefficiencies inevitable (because there is just one buyer) in military procurement. But our grouchiness should not keep up from losing sight of the wondrous American ingenuity and creativity of the American military and American medicine.

    It is ironic that an administration that promised hope and change is instead pursuing policies that could stifle American creativity. It is encouraging that, on health care, so many Americans are recoiling from that prospect and, as polls show, starting to appreciate the wonders of American achievement.

    Just think, if American medical researchers no longer deliver cutting edge pharm. and medical treatments? Just to think, for instance, people were paralyzed by polio, died from heart attacks not knowing that their cholesterol was the cause, suffered from countless genetic disorders, died from kidney disease because kidney transplants weren't available, all of these have either been greatly learned upon or eradicated by American medical research and innovation. This only a minute sampling.....
     
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    Save the crocodile tears.

    Big Pharma Spends More On Advertising Than Research And Development, Study Finds

    Perhaps if they didn't spend tens of billions of dollars in marketing and promotion (and hundreds of millions lobbying Congress), they could afford more research. Until they stop that crap, I don't want to hear their sob stories.
     
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    except that advertising generates revenue, which gets spent on R&D.
     
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    Cutting edge medical technology doesn't much impress people who cannot afford it.
     
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    Ya we should be happy we have leeches to bleed out the bad blood right? Las I checked everyone gets treated even if they can not afford it.
     
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    It sounds like a bad case of "Penis Envy" by the Canadians. Even if their research were accurate and unbiased - and who would believe that - Pharma companies have a limited amount of time to amortize their investment before a drug goes generic and anyone can make it at cost. If it goes relatively unsold their investment in that first One-Billion-Dollar pill won't be paid for and their won't be others to lose money on.
     
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    Deoes everyone get cutting edge medical treatment?

    I wasn't aware of that.
     
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    There is no need to make fun of people who live in countries with Socialized Healthcare. :razz:
     
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    LOL.

    True. Half a loaf is better than none I suppose.
     
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    From the link:

    Gagnon’s and Lexchin’s new estimate of total promotional costs is also consistent with estimates of promotional spending by the U.S. pharmaceutical industry from other sources they scrutinized, including reports by Consumers International, a non-governmental organization which represents consumer groups and agencies worldwide; Office of Technology Assessment, which extrapolated results from the cost structure of Eli Lilly, a global pharmaceutical company; Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, who extrapolated data from Novartis Inc., a company which distinguishes marketing from administration expenditures in its annual reports; and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.


    Once prescription drugs are available OTC, that might make some sense. Prescribers receive all the information they need regarding new medications, new indications for existing medications and clinical trials through journals and other professional sources. The vast amount of the marketing by these companies is not necessary.
     

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