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..waaay OT, was: Question

On Tue, 27 Dec 2005 02:57:16 -0700, Daniel wrote in message 
<[🔎] 20051227095716.GF3089@danielwebb.us>:

> On Tue, Dec 27, 2005 at 01:25:37AM -0500, Hal Vaughan wrote:
> > I wonder, how many copyrights or patents do you hold?
> > 
> > If you're a drug company or a big hardware/software company <...>
> Going a bit off-topic here, but having worked in drug development, I
> can tell you that no drug would be developed by anyone except the
> government with a 5-year drug patent term.  Takes that long just to
> get through FDA procedures some of the time.  Typical time from lab
> idea to product on the shelf, although it varies a lot, is around 10
> years (and a billion dollars).
> Although I don't think I would support lengthening the patent term, I
> can tell you from talking to people in the field that the (to them)
> short term skews drug development decisions towards "blockbuster"
> drugs that can make a huge amount of money in those 7 years after the
> drug hits the market.  It also skews towards "me too" drugs and
> slightly-improved versions of existing drugs because those take less
> time in development.

..heh.  What happens to the speed of Bushist regime here, if 
the Chinese declares their new bird flu vaccin, a strategic item 
"in the NeoCon American Way"?  ;o)  Will we see leadership?  ;o)  
Or just the usual, "a show"?

..med vennlig hilsen = with Kind Regards from Arnt... ;o)
...with a number of polar bear hunters in his ancestry...
  Scenarios always come in sets of three: 
  best case, worst case, and just in case.

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