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September 03, 2009


Re: "free-riders"

Except, of course, where US companies are denied patent protection for biotech inventions that are then freely made and sold in Europe.

Any data in his report about which of the NCEs (US vs. EU vs. JP) were the most profitable? Wouldn't it also be consistent with his data if the lower amount of investment in Europe resulted in fewer blockbuster drugs? And did he compare the requirements for safety and efficacy in the EU vs. the US (since a large part of the cost of bringing drugs to market in the US are due to regulatory requirements)?

I am generally skeptical when data from one study is repackaged by another researcher, especially when the conclusions so clearly favor the researcher's sponsor.

But you read the report - any insights?

"Congressional leaders and others concerned about high prices of new patented drugs will be heartened by this analysis, because lower European prices seem to be no deterrent to strong research productivity."

This really is an asinine statement. When the U.S. comprises at least 50-75% of the world-wide market, of course that lower prices in 10-30% of the world-wide market would not be a deterrent to strong research productivity. Can he really make this statement with a straight face if the U.S. were to significantly lower prices? Especially in light of the fact that development costs had not decreased over the last decade but in fact significantly increased.

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