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Zach Carter

Obama Has Been Fighting Doctors Without Borders For Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It's a little unusual to see the Obama administration singing the praises of Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning nonp...

In Search of a Cure for America's Drug Shortages

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Preetam Kaushik

Buried under fancy-sounding terms like Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and Special 301 is the real irony that availability of cheap drugs is not just a concern for the poor in an India or a China, but also for the poor back home in the US.

13 Drugs Whose Risks Emerged Only When They Went Off Patent, Part One

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Have you ever noticed how warnings about dangerous prescription drug always seem to surface after the drug is no longer marketed and its patent has ru...

Zach Carter

Obama Goes After A Different Drug Industry

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration and members of Congress are pressing India to curb its generic medication industry. The move comes at the behes...

Indian Drug Ruling Strikes a Blow for Free Enterprise

Dean Baker | Posted 06.08.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The costs of protectionism can be large, as economists frequently point out when discussing 20 percent tariffs in steel. For some reason they become strangely silent when it comes to patent protection that raise the price of drugs by 1,000 percent.

The Economics of Cancer: Learning From India About Innovation

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Matthew Kavanagh

But what if you want to incentivize investment in bold new drugs instead of me-too drugs? What if you want to encourage research into new areas that tangibly improve people's health? Then maybe, like India, you would only grant patents when that higher standard is met.

Strong Medicine: Why India's Rejection of Drug Monopoly is a Lesson for America

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.03.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

India is actually at the forefront of providing affordable medicine to its citizens, which is a vast improvement over the healthcare system in the US.

Zach Carter

Fed Economists Urge Radical Policy To Ditch Key Obama Reform, Patents

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.06.2013 | Politics

Two economists at the St. Louis Federal Reserve published a paper arguing to abolish the American patent system, saying there's "no evidence" patents ...

Liberals Working for the Right

Dean Baker | Posted 08.18.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

Some say the left should tout the merits of "government." That is a great idea, if the point is to advance the conservatives' agenda. It is astounding how happy liberals are to work for the right by implying that conservatives somehow just want to leave markets to themselves whereas the liberals want to bring in the pointy-headed bureaucrats to tell people what they should do. This view is, of course, nonsense. Pick an issue, any issue, and you will almost invariably find the right actively pushing for a big role for government. However, for conservatives the goal is not ensuring a decent standard of living for the bulk of the population. Rather the goal is ensuring that money is redistributed upward. And, of course, the conservatives are smart enough not to own up to their use of the government.

Bernie Sanders Advocates a Free Market in AIDS Drugs

Dean Baker | Posted 07.07.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

There are more efficient mechanisms than patent monopolies to finance drug research. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is proposing one such mechanism, a prize system, be adopted to support research on AIDS drugs.

Trade and Public Health: a Decade of Double Standards

Tido von Schoen-Angerer | Posted 01.22.2012 | Impact
Tido von Schoen-Angerer

Today, the U.S. government is using negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement to demand aggressive intellectual property provisions that undermine the Doha Declaration and the safeguarding of public health. These harmful provisions must be removed.

The Role Of Patents In Inflating Drug Costs: An Excerpt From 'Deadly Monopolies'

Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

This is an adaption from "Deadly Monopolies" Harriet A. Washington's new book, which explores how the corporate takeover of the medical industry is af...

Drug Prices To Plummet By Next Year

AP/Huffington Post | By LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

(Associated Press) -- The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet. The next 14 months will bring ge...

The Last Helicopter from Capitol Hill

Pat Choate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pat Choate

The last time the Democrats had control of both Houses of Congress and the Presidency was in 1995 and it may be at least that long before they win the...

When Medical Patents Weaken Health Care

Tahir Amin and Priti Radhakrishnan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tahir Amin and Priti Radhakrishnan

As the health care debate limps forward, it's time to consider a related but entirely overlooked topic: the availability of medicines. One major step forward is to stop approving frivolous drug patent applications.