Pharmaceutical patents are harmful
Patents on drugs, or pharmaceutical patents, have many negative effects.
Pharmaceutical patents prevent hundreds of thousands of people in poor countries from receiving the drugs they need, even though the drugs exist and could save their lives.
Pharmaceutical patents distort the pharmaceutical research priorities, since it becomes more profitable to treat the symptoms of diseases that come from a high standard of living, than to cure poor people from malaria.
Pharmaceutical patents continue to lead to ever increasing costs for drugs in Sweden and Europe, outside any form of political control
(My comment:) Although this article is about a year old, it still is very timely and interesting. The issue of patents on medicines needs to be resolved. It distorts the public health situation by its incentive to treat symptoms, rather than cure disease and it is *very* costly.