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    Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

    Reporting from Washington—
    Over the last year, the Obama administration has aggressively pushed a $433-million plan to buy an experimental smallpox drug, despite uncertainty over whether it is needed or will work.

    Senior officials have taken unusual steps to secure the contract for New York-based Siga Technologies Inc., whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Ronald O. Perelman, one of the world's richest men and a longtime
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    When Siga complained that contracting specialists at the Department of Health and Human Services were resisting the company's financial demands, senior officials replaced the government's lead negotiator for the deal, interviews and documents show.
    $443 million for a smallpox drug some experts say we don't need - latimes.comThe OBAMAWAY.
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    Re: Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

    Smallpox is probably the most deadly taker of lives in human history. On the other hand, the pharma industry is probably the biggest taker of healthcare dollars in human history. It would be worth having an additional line of defense against smallpox, but only at a reasonable price. Funneling half a billion in government contracts for an untested drug does not have an acceptable cost/benefit ratio.

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    Re: Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Smallpox is probably the most deadly taker of lives in human history. On the other hand, the pharma industry is probably the biggest taker of healthcare dollars in human history. It would be worth having an additional line of defense against smallpox, but only at a reasonable price. Funneling half a billion in government contracts for an untested drug does not have an acceptable cost/benefit ratio.
    It's about funneling money into Obama crony pockets.
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    Re: Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

    We have a stockpile already capable of giving every single living breathing soul in the United States of America an inoculation at a cost of $3 a dose.

    Just to point out; the PLAN for these guys is to come up with an inoculation that would cost $255 a dose. That's what they're going to give us if things go right.



    we really need to find a way to start sending people to jail for stuff like this.

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    Re: Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

    Smallpox has been eradicated. The only people who officially hold samples of this virus are the United States and Russia, and both have refined it to be much more deadly. If we end up with a fatal smallpox pandemic, it's their fault.

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    Re: Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

    Temporal, smallpox has not been eradicated. It's still present in many 3rd world countries. All service members have to receive a smallpox vaccination before going to these countries. The wrong person sneaking across our border could actually start a devastating epidemic in our younger non-veteran population.

    However, the money to buy all new vaccines is a waste. We are perfectly capable of inoculating most of our population with the supplies we currently have, and treating those who contract it.
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    Re: Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

    ^ I must have mistaken that for another virus then. Hmmm.. time to Google.

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    Re: Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

    There was an outbreak in Southern Afghanistan while I was there. Ended up being fairly small, but it was close enough they double checked to make sure we all had our vaccines.
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    Re: Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    It's about funneling money into Obama crony pockets.
    Funny you had no problem with this when it was Bush and Cheney doing it at every turn of his administration.. Katrina, Iraq, Afghanistan and so on.
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    Re: Cost, need questioned in $433-million smallpox drug deal

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
    ^ I must have mistaken that for another virus then. Hmmm.. time to Google.
    No you were right.. Smallpox has been eradicated. bushinoki is incorrect and had he bothered to read the OP article...

    Once feared for its grotesque pustules and 30% death rate, smallpox was eradicated worldwide as of 1978 and is known to exist only in the locked freezers of a Russian scientific institute and the U.S. government. There is no credible evidence that any other country or a terrorist group possesses smallpox.
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