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December 14, 2012
LaMattina on Angell
John LaMattina takes on Marcia Angell and her recent interview. It sounds like he made it farther into the podcast than I could:
“The drug companies do almost no innovation nowadays….. All they have to do is the late development. And that’s the clinical trials. Now that is an expensive part of the process. But it is not an innovative part of the process.”
. . .innovation doesn’t only occur in discovery research labs. Translating laboratory science into meaningful clinical science is quite challenging. Yet, many of the new drugs that are now being approved to treat various cancers have been developed through innovative paradigms and experimental methods developed by scientists and physicians in the pharmaceutical industry. For Angell to dismiss this so blithely is insulting.
"Insulting" is the word, and I have little doubt that this is a deliberate feature of Angell's take on the drug industry. Language like this gets attention. It brings in page views; it sells books. It gets you speaking engagements. As far as I can see, you bring in Marcia Angell to watch her attack pharmaceutical companies - that's her niche.
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