I firmly believe that patents are needed for the pharmaceutical industry. One can be against software patents and still in favor of pharma patents because those industries have very different characteristics. Most of the arguments used against software patents wouldn't work against pharma patents. In the event you are against pharma patents, you're entitled to your opinion but you won't convince any political decision-making body anywhere in the civilized free world that pharma patents should go away. The alternative would be state-run research aka the most radical form of communism.