Posted: May 22, 2010 4:22 pm
by Moridin
generalsemanticist wrote:I find it hard to believe that drug companies could get patents on vitamins, even in mixtures or for uses, but I am no patent lawyer. But maybe the this is problem in the first place - to have health care driven by profits. :(

Some forms of complementary and alternative medicine can have their products patented. Some traditional Chinese alternative herbal medicines are patented. You can read about these in the book "Chinese Herbal Patent Medicines: The Clinical Desk Reference" by Jake Paul Fratkin.

How to Patent a Natural Medicine.

If the discovery of new forms of medicine was not driven by profits, some important forms of medications might not have been developed. The thirst for profit need not always corrupt the value of medicine in itself. Sometimes it may even complement it.

Public funding of CAM research exists. The US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has spent more than 1 billion dollars on CAM research.