If so much has changed, then please explain to me why it is that the FDA is currently funded by the pharmaceutical companies they’re there to regulate? Or why herbal medications and vitamins are considered dietary supplements, completely beyond all regulation, despite the lack of research done to determine their efficacy?
A few years ago, an herb called fen-fen (also called ma huang) killed lots of people looking for more energy or to lose weight.
Novartis is currently fighting the government of India to prevent generic versions of theirs from being made, despite the povery in that region. AIDS drugs are still way out of most Africans reach. And Big Pharma resists price caps and giving Medicare/Medicaid the right to bargain for cheaper drugs for senior citizens and the disabled.
No, nothing’s changed.
Want a solution? The Brazillians already have one. Government made drugs, not driven by profit but by Public Health.