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Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Creative, Forward Looking Policy Prescription

The prescription drug debate, as reported in the Times:

"Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, chief sponsor of the generic drug bill, said, "The drug industry is doing everything it can to prevent this bill from coming to the floor." Mr. Schumer warned brand-name drug companies: "You are going to make yourself into the next cigarette industry. That would be ironic, because you make products that help people. But you are fighting everything. Get with it, or it's going to roll right over you."

"The next cigarette industry". Very good. Maybe we can just sue the miserable ba*****s if they don't develop more miracle drugs, faster and cheaper. This policy should definitely attract to the pharmaceutical industry both capital and young people eager to be demonized for the duration of their careers. But it may get a few senior votes this fall, so go, Chuck, go - fight the power!

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