Myr­iad in­ter­pre­ta­tions

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS / LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing “The cost will drop” (June 17, p. 12), it was a solid and sound de­ci­sion. The Supreme Court cor­rectly stated that Myr­iad did not in­vent any­thing, it dis­cov­ered the genes.

I am a free-en­ter­prise be­liever. How­ever, this was a smudge on the patent process and not too far off from some In­ter­net en­ter­prises that want to sell stock just for their dis­cov­ery of what peo­ple like. Dis­cov­er­ing genes and other hu­man parts that oc­cur in a nat­u­ral process pro­duces rev­enue by us­ing lit­i­ga­tion threats based on ex­clu­siv­ity—not for do­ing some­thing truly pro­duc­tive. Build some­thing bet­ter, cre­ate and use the patent process as in­tended—not rev­enue by hostage with a false base of pric­ing. Use the genes to de­velop a process that no one else can do, or has done—and that process has more va­lid­ity. I have no sym­pa­thy for the in­vestors who did not do enough home­work to see the flaw in the val­u­a­tion process.

Dennis Ger­ber Physi­cians Health Ad­van­tage St. Au­gus­tine, Fla.

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