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Letters Nationalisation of drug industry

Cooperation as an alternative to nationalisation of the pharmaceutical industry

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 02 April 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m1314
  1. Jonathan R Denfhy, fifth year medical student
  1. Lancaster Medical School, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK
  1. j.denfhy{at}

Head to Head, 7 March

Serial title in print: Drug industry debate

Mazzucato and Li, and Darzi provide compelling arguments for and against the nationalisation of the pharmaceutical industry.1 Mazzucato and Li’s argument regarding the “short termism and misalignment of public interest” are justified criticisms of big pharma, and Darzi’s counter on the singular financial power that these companies wield is an effective response. This argument is not, however, the …

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