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NIH Report Knocks Tax on Blockbusters

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Science  31 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5535, pp. 1575
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5535.1575b

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Trying to recoup profits from big-money drugs that it helped to develop is a bad idea that would hinder drug innovation, according to a new report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The public is already getting a fair return on its investment, say NIH officials, who nevertheless have proposed a better way to track the agency's initial investment in such drugs.