WHO Exaggerated H1N1 Flu Problems, After Consulting With Consultants Working For Pharmaceutical Firms

from the regulatory-capture dept

The deeper you look at the pharmaceutical industry, the more and more ridiculous it seems. Pharma has abused patent laws greatly for many years (even though many of the roots of the industry come from areas that refused to allow patents on drugs... until some companies got too big and wanted to limit competition). The latest news is that the World Health Organization apparently has been dinged for exaggerating the H1N1 flu threat... in part because they relied on pharmaceutical industry insiders for information. Guess what they suggested? Stockpiling a limited supply of super expensive pharmaceuticals, which were so super expensive thanks to patents limiting competition. Part of the issue is that the goals of the pharma industry are not at all aligned with basic public policy on health care. The incentive structure is entirely screwed up. Pharma has no interest in making sure people are healthy, but because sometimes its drugs happen to do that, as a side effect of making money for the industry, officials falsely believe that pharma execs should have some sort of say in public health policy.

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    Myth buster, 10 Jun 2010 @ 12:57pm

    Re: Rummi's Hands All Over This One, Too...

    Dude, you're either dumb or ignorant, or both.

    Tamiflu was developed by Roche and Giliad. No connection to (now defunct) Searl whatsoever.

    H1N1 is an old virus, and indeed it killed scores in 1917-1918. Till now, nobody knows for a fact which strain will be more potent in which human population.

    If you are to balme somebody, blame the media which made a show ot of it. I was in Mexico for a week and came back 2 days before the first report on national TV and never bothered with a vaccine. So you can add human ignorance to the blame list.

    What do yuo have against Aspartame? It's used all over the world for decades. Or is it better to pig-out on sugar and grow a lard bottom?

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