March 16-19, 2012
Free riding attitude is everywhere. People want some subsidies from somewhere else, whether public or private. In healthcare in particular, they want government to provide affordable if not free healthcare (medicines, hospitalization, physician visit, etc.) to people even if would mean large-scale borrowings and perennial budget deficit every year. They want private enterprises in the health sector to be heavily regulated -- their products and services, their pricing and promos. That is how drug price control, issuance of compulsory licensing (CL), special CL and related government policies, are created and expanded.
Meanwhile, here's another chart from http://www.phrma.org/sites/default/files/159/phrma_chart_pack.pdf,
where the above chart of R&D spending was lifted.
IPR and Medicines 10: Innovator Drugs and Generics Complementation, July 13, 2011
IPR and medicines 11: When blockbusters' patent expires, September 07, 2011
IPR and Medicines 17: Why are Drugs Still Expensive After Patents have Expired? November 17, 2011