Not really a government disease industry. Government spending is a minority of research spending in medical tech and governments don’t really reap the profits of those advancements. The only thing the government is trying to do is stop unsafe medicines from coming to market. Almost successfully too, but at what cost?
Both sides of this coin are rotten, it’s ass-backwards. Nobody should be regulating away people trying things with their bodies. Right now if you’re terminally ill, it’s just not worth the hassle for a medical company to try a new treatment on you. They need to cut through a mile of red tape and spend massive amounts of money and then when it doesn’t work on that particular individual it’s a huge black mark against any future research they try to do on the drug. That is not to say there shouldn’t be any regulation, we do need to make sure the treatments aren’t worse than the ones that are already in use after all. However people should be able to frictionlessly opt in to medical research, especially when terminally ill.
I also believe that there shouldn’t be any regulation for the possession of prescription drugs. Like in my country you’ll get put in prison (or at the very least get a bigass fine) and have a special mark put on your record that precludes you from just about any public job for even having a medicine a doctor didn’t prescribe.
But as bad as the government’s over-regulation of this stuff is the fact that it’s private companies that are doing most of the research is just as bad. This is one of those things every country should be investing heavily into and then letting companies compete who can produce the resulting therapies the cheapest without having to try to recoup billions in research costs. Not to say no private investment in research should happen… Just that the focus should be flipped with governments being the ones who invest the most into research.
Doing science should theoretically help everyone. Right now it mainly benefits those with the original patents, with a vast quantity of incremental improvements falling to the wayside as it wouldn’t make financial sense to negotiate licensing for technologies from 100 places for a 5% improvement in whatever metric.
But the answer to your question is: Struggle with all their might against it. I foresee a lot of medical tourism happening to countries like India where they aren’t stuck up on who owns the patents.