By Leela Barham.
Few would argue with the desirability of innovation — something new, something that delivers value. And innovation in pharmaceuticals is a range from a more convenient way for patients to take a medicine, to treating a disease that couldn’t be treated before.
Pretty much everyone will agree that not only do they want innovation, and more of it, but identifying what stops or hinders innovation is where people’s opinions often diverge.
According to the UK’s Lord Saatchi, one of the problems for innovation in medicine (and surgery) is the legal framework — so-called ‘defensive medicine’. Doctors might not be innovating in treatment or surgery for fear of prosecution, he says. And his Medical Innovation Bill is underpinned by this view. Read More