There is less money to be made finding a cure when you can treat symptoms for the life of the person. Number one reason there hasn't been a cure for anything since maybe polio years ago.
Canansa, close to $300 USA, $75 Canada for the exact same product under a different name Solkfalk. Ya think they are making money at $75 for 30 pills? you bet. So why the excessive charges in the USA, even $75 is excessive. Don't tell me research costs, they can get grants, donations, and tax write off's, then they can pump them pills off a assembly line for pocket change and charge $300, the profit gap is astronomical.
What we have in the USA is a marriage of corporate and government, fascism I believe it is called, with the illusion of choice for us.
Cost of health care is so high you must buy over priced insurance or take a chance of getting wiped out financially. So both insurance and health care makes out on your situation, and what does our government do? Unconstitutionally force us or small business to buy insurance anyways instead of regulating the over charging.
This is nonsense. Developing a cure for any number of diseases would guarantee a firm tens, hundreds or perhaps thousands of billions of dollars for the course of the patent. That in itself is an extremely powerful incentive for the development of such drugs.
It's important to remember that the pharmaceutical industry isn't a coherent colluding entity, it's a collection individual firms competing for marketshare and profits. Intelligent drug design is directly dependent on our understanding of the operation of biological systems at the cellular and molecular level; something that is in turn dependent on improvements in instruments and technology in general. In spite of the slow pace of research, we've made a tremendous amount of progress over the past half century, and that progress is likely to continue to accelerate.