[PLUG-TALK] Re: [PLUG] Streaming Video on Linux

Paul Johnson baloo at ursine.dyndns.org
Sat Sep 4 19:36:05 PDT 2004


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Michael Robinson <robinsom at robinson-west.com> writes:

> Interesting theory, but how do you know that unless you're in drug
> research?

Amazing what you overhear and see if you've ever had a job as a
security officer at a major research hospital.  Drug companies fleece
Americans.

> One cost limiting effort that could be legislated would
> be a limit on the percentage of drug costs that go towards 
> advertising.  We get far more advertising of drugs than we will
> ever need, and we pay for that in the form of higher prescription
> costs at the pharmacy.  Advertising could be limited to 22% of
> the total cost of developing and marketing a drug.

How about advertising could be limited to 0%?  Let the doctors do
their jobs.

> One of the advantages of getting high prices for drugs is being able
> to do expensive research.

No, think Prilosec ballpoint pens and Vioxx golf bags for doctors.
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