I agree with your findings. Low return on investment plus an FDA so high on the smell of their own **** they won’t let hardly anything be approved and, well, why bother?
But let that über-crud start flash-burning through the US? Oh yeah, they’ll rush anything they think can help through the pipeline… I mean, what’s the alternative? By the time The Crud starts killing folks on a Biblical level, the unwashed masses will be clamoring for a cure, if not outright rioting… then let them get wind that the FDA is holding up a possible cure? Hoo hoo! And let some Senator’s daughter drop dead from The Crud? Oh man, I would love to hear that phone call between Senator Bedfellow and the head of the FDA… heh heh..
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1