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To: null and void
This idiot at the WaPo attempts to blame Big (bad) Pharma for the lack of new antibiotics (can't make money), but that only proves the author is a flagrant moron and is completely unqualified to be writing about the subject.

Everyone with any real understanding of the issue knows the FDA is to blame. They're doing the same thing they did in 1984 when they almost destroyed the vaccine industry. Vaccine makers stopped making vaccines because of the constantly increasing costs associated with protecting themselves from predatory and frivolous lawsuits.

Twenty years ago, the FDA began increasing the requirements that drug companies prove new antibiotics are effective and safe, and then forced them to increase the number of participants in clinical trials. Naturally, this was all at the drug company's expense. The end result, of course, was that just like in 1984, companies got out of the antibiotic business in huge numbers.

Now that Congress has finally begun to realize that they, once again, screwed the pooch, they are offering extended patent protection, fewer regulations and tax breaks to get the antibiotic pipeline rolling again. They're only about 20 years too late. Typical government FUBAR. Even so, there is a large contingency of "conservatives" who will demonize "big pharma" for not delivering the silver bullets they demand.

I had a biochem professor who liked to tell us that the bugs would inherit the earth. Little did he know just how much government would do to help them along.

25 posted on 08/26/2012 8:03:14 AM PDT by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: Mase
I had a biochem professor who liked to tell us that the bugs would inherit the earth. Little did he know just how much government would do to help them along.

Professional courtesy...

28 posted on 08/26/2012 9:19:57 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1315 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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