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You don’t need to be an expert in economics to recognize that when kids get cancer and need either expensive or unprofitable treatments, capitalism clashes with medical ethics and basic human decency. In childhood cancer, unprofitability can actually be the bigger threat than high cost.

Many forms of childhood cancer are curable with cheap, tried-and-true generic drugs — meaning that industry isn’t eager to make these prescriptions, so they aren’t always available when a child needs them.

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