Ethics in Medicine

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    I stumbled across an idea which sorta stuck in my mind:

    In a free-market society, Vaccines...are not very profitable.

    Ever give that much thought? Is it ethical for Drug companies to 'not' pursue vaccines? Drug Companies have a right to make profits, sure. If they 'had' a cure for the Common Cold, they'd loose MILLIONS/Billions? in cold-symptom remedies. What about AIDS?

    Where do you stand on the issue? Anyone suspect any cover ups, etc? Thoughts?
     
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    You haven't heard the conspiracy theories? Or is this sarcastic?
     
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    I have not.
     
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    Your concept assumes the company working on the cold cure, also manufactures cold remedies. Many companies dont. Not to mention, if one company was closing in on the cure for the common cold, then they would know others arent far beyond, and they would want to get it to market first.
     
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    No - my concept only assumes a company - where ever they may be in the chain - would rather Sell a treatment for SYMPTOMS than a Cure.

    (shrug)
     
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    But your concept will only work if thats the only company that could work for a cure. Its not an industry that is solidified in thought.

    Ok, so you are saying "one" company may be doing this. Fine. Its not legally or morally obligated to pursue it, unless it has some sort of a lock on the research, which they wouldnt. Trust me, if one company has come up with one, then others will soon follow suit. You ever notice how worldwide there is always a "race" for discoveries. Take nuclear bombs for example, other countries were working on it when we developed ours.
     
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    What are you talking about??? lol. It's not MY concept.

    Does this help:

    "ANY company...ANY drug company is MORE interested in selling treatments than they are interested in selling CURES."
     
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    Considering there are about 2 dozen brands of cough syrup etc, your're probably not far off. :D
     
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    Well, the industry's ultimate goal is to drive itself out of business, in a way. Does this mean there are evil overlords killing off those who cure diseases? No. Is there a conflict of interest? Yes. This is why people like that guy who was selling the book "medical secrets they don't want you to know" or whatever that book was called make money, because it doesn't take much to paint the picture of drug companies screwing you.
     
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    Right you are, consider some random thoughts…..

    We have invented vaccine for polio, but not the common cold.
    We have landed on the moon, but haven’t cured the common cold.
    We discovered and treated Legionaries disease in months, but haven’t cured the common cold.
    Etc,etc…….

    I DON’T subscribe to the drug company conspiracy stuff, but Ya gotta wonder.
     

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