Joined: Jan. 2006
Young and ambitious? Well, more like with lots of money to burn. There are several reasons it costs that much to get a drug to amrket.
For starters, you have to do basic research into the molecular actions, to make sure it works properly, and with all the simple stuff like Penicillin known about and used up, your left getting into complex stuff with unknown mechanisms. Then you need to work out how to make it cheaply, which isnt easy, let me tell you. Then you have to test it to make sure it has few side effects and actually works in the body, which means using animals at first, then, eventually humans. In order to do this it takes time and money, and experienced, intelligent people, who seem to want to earn enough money to have a life.
And it all has to be checked. There may well be an unreasonably high level of expectation and risk avoidance placed upon new drugs these days, but on the other hand there might not. You also have to do multiple placebo blinded trials to help prove your new drug works, and that also takes time and money. Disclosing all the data from said trials doesnt do any harm either...
So, essentially, theres a heck of a lot of work go's into making sure new drugs are both effective and safe, which makes your comment about youth and ambition a little, uumm, small? Sure, with youth abnd ambition you might invent a better way of testing some drugs, or streamline the process of approval. But I doubt you could do much more.