Paulsen, others want India to stop ignoring U.S. drug patents

  • Article by: Jim Spencer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 10:27 PM

Policies may trump U.S. patents to get drugs and devices to the poor.

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hardrainJul. 26, 13 8:58 PM

Can't get any clearer than that. Profits are more important than the lives of the poor. Rather than figure out how to license the patents at a lower cost - Paulson would rather just make the medication unavailable. Reduces the surplus population.

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kilofoxJul. 27, 1310:19 PM

I understand that drug companies have to make a profit to pay for research and development and it's unfair if other companies can just steal the drugs after other companies do the research and testing. But man $175.00 vs $5000.00 is a huge difference. Chemo is very expensive here in the US and they have you over a barrel. Either pay up or die.

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kilofoxJul. 27, 1310:25 PM

Hardrain...It's amazing that you are able to read Paulson's mind and are able to know what he thinks and wants. Like it or not, profits are what help us develop new drugs. New Chemo and antibiotics are VERY expensive to develop. If countries like India are able to massively undercut drug companies after they do the research many new drugs may never be developed. But the difference between $175 and $5000 a month seems quite steep.

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phatflyguyJul. 28, 13 4:44 AM

Don't worry drug companies are still making plenty of money. Should US(the United States) patents be recognized the world over?

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pitythefoolsJul. 28, 13 8:16 AM

If US pharmaceutical companies weren't robbing us blind I'd have some sympathy.

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wobertJul. 28, 1310:13 AM

Maybe Paulson can sponsor a bill that would pay the drug companies the amount of money they are 'losing'.

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jimmyjames76Jul. 28, 1311:46 AM

India obviously has a choice: make cheap generic alternatives and keep their people alive, or honor US drug patents and let their people die. Seems like an easy choice for most leaders. Drug companies are making billions, and they're angry because they aren't able to gouge some people living in sheet metal shacks in India. Of course, Erik Paulsen is right there to condemn letting poor people get access to treatment for life threatening medical conditions.

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