As much as I love Coke (Diet), Niall Cowley's comparison of a soft drink to life-saving medicines is irritating. Firstly, since when was a soft drink a necessity? Secondly, when has a soft drinks company had to recuperate hundreds of millions of pounds of R&D?
After a short period of exclusivity a medicine comes off patent and can be made in a generic form cheaply. There are examples of companies supporting the developing world to manufacture generic medicines to a high standard.
We should admire the pharmaceutical industry for the massive contribution it makes to society.
Neil Crump, MD, Aurora Communications