Does for-profit drug development harm people in poor countries?
Although I tend to agree with the conclusion that "the health problems faced by the world's poorest populations are not caused by a lack of drugs specifically related to their problems and diseases," but rather "ensuring that these populations can actually access vital medicines." I also tend to agree that a treaty mandating development of certain classes of drugs and limiting intellectual property rights would risk cutting off the the flow of innovation essential to dealing with the world's health problems. However, I'm not sure that I buy into his conclusion that the profit motive is the best way to make sure these poor countries get access to these drugs. For one thing, even if bad fiscal policies were fixed and taxes on drugs removed, many countries still would not have the resources to assure that their citizens had adequate access to vital drugs.