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E-DRUG: Guardian article on Meningitis Patent (5)

In response to Jerome Dumoulin who wrote: Can you seriously think the only
difference between Soviet Union and western countries was patents laws ? 

John Urquhart replied "It was the lack of economic incentives for
investment in high-risk R&D, which requires high return for continuing flow
of investment funds.  Patents are a crucial element in that process."

John Urquhart, MD, FRCP(Edin)
Professor of Pharmaco-epidemiology
Maastricht University
Maastricht, Netherlands
John Urquhart <urquhart@netcom.com>

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