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How to fix health care? Regulate drug makers

How to fix health care? Regulate drug makers

As a retired physician who practiced 47 years, I read with sadness the commentary, “Cause of death: High drug prices” (June 4). The writer describes the case of a patient who delayed getting expensive medications until she got her Social Security check. That delay caused the patient to die.

Today, the pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma) has become the villain of heath care. It was not always that way. In 1955, when Jonas Salk developed the Salk vaccine for the prevention of polio, he did not patent the vaccine. He wanted to allow for the immediate unlimited...

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