It’s a little late, but didn’t want to overlook last week’s observations from Glenn Reynolds and his Instapundit readers about the pharmaceutical industry and the people who work for it. There’s been so much political abuse of the drug industry that some people are now embarrassed to be associated with it. Reynolds responds as someone who, with his wife, has benefited from results of R&D that the pharmaceutical companies undertook with the expectation of profits.
Hey, Big Pharma isn’t perfect. But treating ’em like they are evil is stupid, and counterproductive, and the people who do it are the ones who deserve to be ostracized and humiliated, not the people who are actually working on things that make life better.
Reynolds wrote an outstanding column on the topic of drug R&D at Tech Central Station in March 2004.
Commenting on the Instapundit post, Time Magazine’s blogger Andrew Sullivan — who writes often about being HIV-positive — offers his personal perspective:
The drug companies are not perfect, but they have done more to advance the well-being of human beings than any other industry in the past decade or so. I am one of millions alive because of them; and countless more millions live better, longer lives because of them. That they have become demonized by the left says far more about the left than about the drug companies.
Reynolds and Sullivan, together. Might make a pretty good panel to testify before a congressional hearing next year, don’t you think?
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