I worked in the pharmaceutical industry and I can tell you the big money isn’t going into new life-saving drugs—not as much as these pharmas make out. Ever since Viagra came along, most companies have said, “Hell, why spend millions on clinical trials trying to get a treatment for Parkinson’s approved? All we need to do is dig up a lousy blood pressure drug and re-market it for erectile dysfunction. The stockholders are happy, the FDA is happy. Win, win.” To this day, there’s no medication for Lou Gehrig’s disease, simply because there’s only around 30,000 people a year affected (that number may be larger, but not much). Saving lives isn’t a drug company’s business. They want people addicted to pain relievers, etc. That’s where the money is. It matters because Big Pharmas pay enormous amounts for lobbying. What are they lobbying? No reduction in drug costs.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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