Thursday, March 26, 2009
Bill Clinton vs drug companies
The following has been attributed to Bill Clinton as from his recent interview by Gupta.
(I say, Hillary/Palin 2012, and sic Palin on them! She tamed the oil companies.)
Americans Pay More for Less: The McKenzie Study done a couple of years ago said that Americans pay $66 billion a year more for medicine and our older population consumes relatively less per capita than other wealthy countries.
Our Government Is Subsidising Big Pharma: We have made a bargain with our pharmaceutical companies. We’ve said to them for decades now, we love having you in America. We’re proud of you. We know you have to spend a lot of money on research and then you market the drugs and all. So we will support your research and development costs in American prices so that you can sell exactly the same drugs you sell to us for less money in Canada and Europe … Keep in mind, Europe has a lot of very successful drug companies and they don’t do this.
This Subsidization Does Not Help Americans: So how can we reach a different arrangement so that we keep the drug companies healthy enough and we keep them developing new medicines? The system we’ve got is not working very well. They don’t have a lot of new medicines in the pipeline … Meanwhile, we keep subsidising all these costs and countries just as wealthy as we are, are getting the same drugs made by the same people for less money, which is why there was so much opposition to allowing re-importation from Canada. The one good place to start is what President Obama has proposed, letting the federal government bargain (with pharmaceutical companies).
Big Pharma’s Profits Have Been 3x Greater Than Wal-Mart’s: For most of the 1990s and the early part of this decade, they earned 18 per cent, which is a huge return. You know, Wal-Mart’s return is 5 or 6 per cent. And it is fascinating to see that at the same time … the number of new drugs in the pipeline seems to be slowing down. So we need to examine both how we can get the benefits of medical advances and how we can lower the cost to the consumers.
Posted by 1950 Democrat at 9:54 AM