This is a very sad truth isn't it? I just read on one company's website that ms is a 12 billion dollar industry. I don't think real treatment for all human beings will come until we stop being an industry and start being human beings.
If greed and big business got out of the way scientific inquiry would fuel better science and more discoveries. Then public companies that fed families instead of ultra rich toys could manufacture and distribute
Neither Biogen nor any other company owes me anything. They make medications I think will help preserve my health, and so I will compensate them for their research and materials. I am thankful to have these medications that were not available a generation ago. I am especially thankful that BG-12 could mean the end to shots (although my enthusiasm is reserved, because I thought the same of Gilenya and it wasn’t good for me.)
Biogen is a public company in the sense that anyone can own stock. If you think the company makes too much money, buy stock and share in those profits. If you think only the executives make too much money, join forces with other stockholders and vote them out. Not as easy as it sounds, but your one vote as one of a few thousand stockholders can be more powerful than your one vote of millions in a federal election. If the medicine they produce isn't a value to you, don't buy it.
In contrast to public companies is private companies such as the much-maligned Koch Industries. If you think they make too much money, about all you can do is stop buying their products.
I’m not really aware of many U.S. companies that are government-owned or "run by the government for the benefit of all." Post office, maybe mass transit agencies, neither of which are efficient models of innovation. But I see ccorina is from Canada, so I would welcome examples of such companies in Canada.
While your free to your views it seems that the USA is too capitalist to even see other ways and that is very sad. Government owned means government owned. I don't want to buy stock in the off chance of getting rich. I want affordable healthcare and medications for all including the rest of the world that can't possibly buy stock or drugs
Corina - slinking back to her lonely socialist corner
I don't know much about BG-12 yet. Does anyone care to give me a "quick and dirty" description of what all the fuss is about so I can satiate my appetite for knowledge until I find the time to hit Google Scholar? Is it just the fact that it's an oral med or do they expect it will be more effective than the currently available DMDs in some way?
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