COLUMNS by Moira Dower

COLUMNS

BY MOIRA

Moira Dower is a freelance writer/editor on healthcare and pharmaceutical issues.

She was formerly Editor of Scrip World Pharmaceutical News and Managing Editor of Scrip Magazine.

Pharma in the Dock Again

Despite evidence of the pharma industry’s R&D pipeline continuing to generate a stream of breakthrough new medicines for unmet medical needs, its reputation appears to have reached a new low. Pharma’s reputation has sunk to “new low”, according to a recent Gallup poll. The pharmaceutical industry came bottom of a Gallop US poll covering all the main business sectors. Pharma fell even below the federal government and the tobacco industry. Among those questioned, 58% had a “totally negative” view of the pharmaceutical industry. The main issue is drug pricing – widely perceived as price and profit gouging – and this has been aggravated in the US by the opioid crisis. The healthcare sector fared

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