I’m wondering if patents on pharmaceuticals should never expire. If a person is the genesis behind the creation of a synthesized molecule, shouldn’t it always be regarded as his baby and his baby only? Why not? Under law, Disney still own the rights to Mickey Mouse, no?
When it comes to selling things for money, wouldn’t existing or prospective manufacturers of drugs knowing that they could never sell, say, generic Crestor then be inspired either to give up and sell something else for profit, or be inspired to create a cholesterol-lowering drug of their own?
Please do not confuse the gaining of profits gone overboard for your tendency to think that that which exists (Crestor, Advil, Latuda, etc.) is somehow rightfully yours to own or consume. If your next door neighbor earns his keep by selling the art that he fabricates, are you therefore entitled to drink the milk in his refrigerator? Well?