Oct 24, 2011 — In a new book, medical ethicist Harriet Washington details how genes and tissues are increasingly being patented by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Those firms, she argues, are focused more on their profits than on the medical needs of patients.
Oct 16, 2004 — Dr. Marcia Angell is the author of The Truth About Drug Companies. Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, disputes drug firms' claims that prices are high because profits are used for research and development. Hear Angell and NPR's Jennifer Ludden.