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Re: E-DRUG: Guardian article on Meningitis Patent

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E-DRUG: Guardian article on Meningitis Patent

I don't think that the history of pharmaceutical, vaccine, and medical 
device development supports the view that patents and the economic 
incentives that stem from them retard medical progress.  We had the Great 
Experiment of doing it without these incentives for 70 years in the 
Soviet Union: their innovations in medicine were, while not nonexistent, 
a tiny fraction of those in the Western countries.  

John Urquhart MD
Professor of Pharmaco-epidemiology
Maastricht University
Maastricht, NL


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