big pharma wheeling ‘n dealin’ though, yeah.
I worked for Schering-Plough for a few years, makers of Claritin (whoop-di do). They’re gone now but at the time, the pricing structure was a big corporate secret I had to sign multiple NDAs about.
Everybody was grossly overpaid, including me for what I did.
But the scientists can’t be faulted. The drugs _do_ do what they say.
But the trick is: they’re weak drugs. They have to work past a certain threshold but no more. The reason is fewer side effects for a greater population which means more sales with fewer lawsuits.
and – repeat customers. But yeah, the stuff works – that parts not scammy. They just make things weak.
If you want to know WHY YOU NEED government regulations on corporations, see pharma. They have SO MANY regulations because without them, they’d just be woo sales