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money vs morality

Discussion in 'The Guru's Pub' started by IndianScout, May 15, 2011.

  1. IndianScout

    IndianScout Banned

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    when do pharmaceutical companies and the medical community put money above a cure..

    the cure of course would mean less money for them to sell their drugs and doctor appointments but I guess their oath was the all mighty dollar instead of healing people.

    link and story
     
  2. PhazeDelta1

    PhazeDelta1 Moderator Staff Member

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    my grandfather, mother and older sister died of cancer. these pharmaceutical companies are making hundreds of billions of dollars each year making treatment meds just to prolong the inevitable. its a sad story but this "cure" will never go anywhere. it just wouldnt be cost effective.
     
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  3. SickBoy254698

    SickBoy254698 Master Guru

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    You can blame the federal government and people who sue the companies to make a few bucks while there attorneys rake in millions . They are the one's who stand in the way not the companies. The restrictions and regulations the governments of the world , particularly the US, place on pharmaceutical companies and the drugs they manufacture are the first hurdle. The companies invest billions of dollars and years if not decades of research into each drug that reaches the market. But before it reaches the market it has to be approved by the government and that can take years with no certainty of approval. This waiting game costs the companies a fortune and must be accounted for ahead of time since they run a business not a charity. Then they must account for the rare chance that a couple hundred people will have a side effect "bad" enough to file a class action lawsuit over. Those can cost hundreds of millions of dollars to settle and can go on for years as well.

    The companies would love to sell you every drug they come up with that has a reasonably low probability of harmful side effects. They would even like to sell you the ones with higher probabilities of harmful side effects if you were made aware of them and signed a disclosure form. Too bad our governemnt's say we're to stupid to make a choice like that so many of the drugs developed never see the light of day. Then when 250 of the 50 million people who took the new douche bag pill lose the hair on the top of there left foot they sue the company that made the douche bag pill for 1 billion dollars in pain and suffering.

    Like I said, those companies run a business not a charity. The government stands in there way as it does in all forms of enterprise allowing us the consumer to be given only the choices that they think we should have.
     
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    HeavyHemi Ancient Guru

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  5. The Chubu

    The Chubu Ancient Guru

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    If you didnt post the link i'd have thougth that you were saying that to SickBoy254698...
     
  6. FULMTL

    FULMTL Ancient Guru

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    Holy crap, that first link in the OP had so many trolls..
     
  7. sykozis

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    So, I guess a few years ago when GSK decided to double and triple the cost of cancer treatment drugs, that was purely because of the government and had absolutely nothing to do with greed....right? No offense, but you really need to quit doing whatever drugs you're on because this particular conspiracy theory has run it's course. Drug companies have openly and publicly admitted that it's not financially beneficial to THEM to create cures, even though they'd greatly benenfit society as a whole. The only way we'll get actually "cures"....is if they require 1 pill a day for the rest of eternity... Greed is what drivers the medical and pharmaceutical fields....not the desire to cure illnesses or diseases. Plastic Surgery is a perfect example of this... Have a friend who's ex-husband is a licensed neurosurgeon...but, instead he's doing breast implants because it pays per month, what he was making per year as a neurosurgeon...
     
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    scoter man1 Ancient Guru

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    I'm pretty sure if it was THAT easy, it would have already been done. Maybe by a college instead of a large company.
     
  9. Veteran

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    Nice find,cheers.
     
  10. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    If it was as easy to cure a disease, such as cancer, as that article makes it sound....Folding@Home probably wouldn't have too many users. I am sure though, that Stanford would have already pushed to make the "cure" publicly available. Also, if this is actually true....it has the ability to spawn countless class-action lawsuits against companies such as GSK (Glaxo-Smith Kline for those unfamiliar) for allowing patients to die from a potentially cureable disease. It's well known that these companies favor profits over patient health and wellness....but even they're smart enough to know that they earn no profits if they're out of business.
     

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    TroM Ancient Guru

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    In before RandyB.
     

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