Pharmaceutical Industry

Dr. Josh Bloom on Science 2.0, December 2, 2014. Just for yucks, let s go back a few years and see how well people did in forecasting drug prices in the future. Within the past decade, we began to hear the term patent cliff the consequence of most blockbuster drugs losing patent protection during a short period of time. Perennial critics of the pharmaceutical industry were experiencing paroxysms of joy as the holy grail of health care savings generic drug companies became
Today we give a shout-out to ACSH friend Michael D. Shaw for his provocative piece that was posted on the HealthNewsDigest website. This topic is something we have written about regularly: What happens to pharmaceutical research when big companies merge and/or layoff scientists?
Until the past few years, few people had even heard of hepatitis C. Yet, it is estimated that 200 million people worldwide are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) approximately four times that of HIV.
Whatever Happened to AIDS? How the Pharmaceutical Industry Tamed HIV, explains the central role played by the pharmaceutical industry in transforming AIDS from an inevitably fatal illness to a chronic, manageable disease. This story is largely untold.