‘It is normal for pharmaceutical companies to have profit margins of over 20%. This is relatively high compared to other sectors, and as high as the profit in the software industry. The profit can not be explained by the high risk of investment in specific related R & D processes ‘(COM Report SEO, 2014). The explanation is that pharmaceutical companies often abuse their monopoly position of a specific drug and thereby demand an irreplaceable high price for the drug. ‘To keep expensive drugs affordable, profit margins for pharmaceutical companies should be tied to a maximum. That says Wouter Bos, chairman of the VU medical center in Amsterdam. According to Bos, a profit standard of maximum 10% is necessary because the pharmaceutical industry itself only comes with nonsense solutions’ (FD, 2017). They save on providing cheap, commonly used drugs by the GP to pay new expensive cancer therapies, which cost between 50.00 and 150.000 euros per patient each year.
‘How does it feel, how does it feel?
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown, like a rolling stone’
Rolling Stone is for sale. The magazine was named after Bob Dylan’s song Like a Rolling Stone. Dylan has been on the cover of the magazine many times and gave many interviews what is rare for him. He is known as the man who gave the music content and spirit through his poetic texts. Last year, he still received the Nobel Prize of Literature. Poetry can be interpreted in many ways but many of his songs are considered protest songs. The UltimateClassicRock site provides an overview of his top 10 protest songs.
1. John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Imagine all the people, living life in peace.
´Knowing their March 20, 1969 marriage would be a huge press event, John and Yoko decided to use the publicity to promote world peace. They spent their honeymoon in the presidential suite (Room 702) at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel for a week between March 25th and 31st’ (Wikipedia, 2017). The Amsterdam Bed-In was very popular by their fans, and received a great deal of press coverage. Following the event John and Yoko sent oak nuts to the heads of state in various countries around the world with the goal that they would plant them as a symbol of peace.