A Department of Health and Human Services study found that unlimited excessive damages add between $70 and $126 billion annually to health care costs and a study by the Harvard School of Public Health came to the conclusion that 40% of medical malpractice suits filed in the U.S. are “without merit.”. As for lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies, some of the payouts have been massive and excessive IMO, and that money has to come from somewhere...and it can only come from one place, consumers.
Only big pharma can afford to defend against moster lawsuits and make the massive payouts. Smaller companies that may be interested in offering novel medicines with smaller payback potential are locked out of the market. The average cost to get FDA approval for a drug is about
400 million dollars!! Ridiculous.
I'm not saying legal reform is some kind of pancea, just part of the solution, and one that is resisted by special interests, same with patent reform.
DX Pancolitis 2003. Subsequent flares limited to left side
Flare every 2-3 years.
Asacol 12 tabs daily,
Probiotics: Primal defense, Ultimate Flora and VSL#3DS. Fiber: Psyllium and "super seed".
Allergic to Imuran
Current flare last 9 months.. No diarrhea.
Switched from Cortifoam to Colocort 2x daily.
Flared again while tapering. Inflamed up to about
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