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  •  This is not a really clear cut issue (6+ / 0-)

    Obviously there are huge corporate interests on both sides. And I work for one.

    Chemical drugs are identical however they are manufactured -aspirin is aspirin, Vitamin C is Vitamin C, valium is chemically identical to its generic equivalents. It's very easy to prove they are exactly the same compound and hence no difference in effectiveness or safety or stability.

    Biologically manufactured drugs are "made" not by chemists but by living cells. They are highly complex (where I work, one new drug takes 18 months to manufacture a batch!) collections of conjoined biological molecules. They don't have a chemical formula and it would be really difficult, maybe impossible, to prove that Brand X is identical to what is manufactured by Amgen or Genentech.

    I don't claim to have a magical solution, just want to point out it's not as simple as Brand Name Overpriced Corporate Greed Bad, Generic Inexpensive Bood.

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