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We would like to stress that the statement quoted had no political intent. Rather, it reflects our professional ethical standards. We believe that all people should have access to products that are shown to be effective in improving health or, in this case, treating a specific condition. We didn't imply that glucosamine should be provided free to all, nor did we mention coercing product manufacturers. Many people can afford to buy these products, but there are many others who can't. Regardless of whether they provide socialized health services, all governments of Western countries with which we are familiar have programs aimed at providing health care to the poor.