Reason prevails. (Editor's Picks).
It's heartening to see that in the midst of these uncertain
and trying times that government and private industry can quickly come
to an agreement regarding matters of national concern, lam referring of
course, to the recent announcement that Bayer will be selling Cipro to
the government at greatly reduced prices. Not being a student of
government law, I find it hard to believe that our government could have
stripped Bayer of its patent and let other manufacturers produce the
drug. At least not without first declaring war which gives the
government unbelievable power and authority. It would have been a very
odd twist of fate if Bayer were forced to give up its patent on Cipro.
Bayer, as you may know, lost the right to produce another
"wonder" drug in the last century - Aspirin. After World War
I, all of Bayer's assets in the United States were seized and
auctioned off. It took the company most of last century to get those
rights back. How close history came to repeating itself is probably
anyone's guess at this point but it seems this time around cooler
heads prevailed. In retrospect, everyone got what they wanted; the
government got the drug of choice for fighting Anthrax and Bayer got to
keep its patent. Bayer will now begin ramping up its production of Cipro
to meet the government's requirements. Let's all hope and pray
that we never have to use it.