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Pharma vs. Space?

I’m told there is a drug company (GlaxoSmithKlineBeecham?) running a commercial with a company rep discussing drug development. He compares the cost of development of a new drug to a Shuttle mission, arguing that drug development cost less than or about the same amount as one Shuttle mission. At the end, he claims that while drug development isn’t rocket science (groan), it is more important. By way of explaining why newer drugs are so expensive, the ad apparently points a finger at space as a symbol of wasteful government spending.

Since I don’t watch television, I can only repeat this secondhand. Has anyone else seen this ad?

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