Merck's MMR and MMRV have not been "proven" to be "crappy"-their competitors products were (they caused aseptic meningitis and other serious health issues)
Furthermore, they never contained Thimoseral.
Between compliance laws and various consent decrees - CIAs are binding and last for years - pharma firms do not operate without scrutiny or penalty. Novartis paid a $185M fine and total $422M penalty because some of their gravy sucking pigs aka sales reps got caught promoting Trileptal off-label. Their drugs are efficacious but don't lack risks. The tradeoff is longer/better life.
Furthermore sh1tty rap artists and filmakers get to own their product for decades yet pharma who make a much larger investment and risk in developing drugs often have to give up their interest in same in a much shorter window to knockoff firms like Teva. Good for patients (we can only hope the quality control is there) but not really fair to them.
Last edited by Jungle Shift Jet; 06-25-2012 at 08:56 PM.