why software is different
Posted Nov 15, 2012 20:44 UTC (Thu) by anselm
In reply to: why software is different
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In this case, the government bureaucrats are the ones who decide what research gets done. This is something many people see as a bad choice. or you want to have the private sector do the research
… which may turn out to be an even worse choice for various reasons.
One is that private pharmaceutical companies tend to concentrate their efforts on potential big money-makers, such as drugs targeting the chronic diseases of affluent Westerners. There are lots of diseases which could use a lot more research effort (tuberculosis comes to mind) but are not as interesting to pharmaceutical companies because they afflict poor people in out-of-the-way places.
The other problem is that pharmaceutical companies are often extremely sloppy when it comes to reporting the results of clinical trials, especially if the results are not as positive as they are supposed to be.
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