Candidates can’t fight breast cancer while blocking life-saving treatments.
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That’s not the only way lawmakers want to cut costs to the detriment of care. We must also ask which candidate understands what makes the best climate for research and development of life-saving drugs.
Some think we can lower costs for biologics the same way we have for conventional drugs, through generics. They want to pass laws making it easier for companies to manufacture what are called “follow-on biologics.”
This might sound like a good idea, but comparing biologics to conventional drugs is like comparing apples and oranges. Biologics aren’t made using chemicals — they’re made using living tissue. There’s no way to make an exact replica of gene therapies.
So if these drugs are legalized, lawmakers must make sure they’re safe. And lawmakers must protect the financial incentives needed to create these drugs. Otherwise, we’ll never know what life-saving treatments we’ve lost.
So don’t just look at each candidate’s lapel this month to see if they’re participating in the fight against breast cancer — look at their broader healthcare plans. The fight against breast cancer will take place on many different fronts.
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H/T to National Review Online