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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    Nastybutler77 (profile), 10 Jun 2010 @ 3:07pm

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    So you belive the WHO, who of course are denying they did anything below board. What did you expect them to say?

    And headlines are designed to grab your attention. You actually need to read the post and related article to get the whole picture, which you always claim is still not there. If he were actually trying to be misleading, why would he link to the article?

    Plus it doesn't help your cause that you say this about EVERY effing post! You're the boy who cried, "mike's wrong." So now, even if you were to be right one time (not that you are here), nobody will listen to you because you've proven yourself to be a contrarian in all things Techdirt.

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