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My own hypertension was first diagnosed about 18 months ago. Disappointed to hear that I would probably be on medication the rest of my life, I now find out that–at least–I may not need to pay so much for it.

The surprising news made headlines in December 2002. Generic pills for high blood pressure, which had been in use since the 1950s and cost only pennies a day, worked better than newer drugs that were up to 20 times as expensive.

Turns out that Pfizer and other drug producers actively fought the spread of the news, and did their best to discredit the research. Sounds to me like a good case for the anti-trust police, clearly a matter of anticompetitive practice.

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