[IP] Cure for Diabetes/Pharmaceutical Industry (sorry long)
I work in the pharmaceutical industry (I'm a chemist in research and
development) and I think a lot of people overlook the fact that the
pharaceutical industry is a for profit, business based industry with their
product being pharmaceuticals (aka drugs--emphasis being that their products
are drugs not cures). Yes, as a business, they are in it to make money
because if they weren't, they would no longer be in business. Plain and
Simple. It is very expensive and time consuming (and very important) to
research and discover drugs and if it were up to a non-profit company to do
so, there would be little competition and thus we would not have the
treatments we have today and would likely still be taking quinine and epsom
salts for most ailments.
The general public in the US has shown that they are NOT willing to fund the
government upfront to take over this enormous task so it is up to the
pharmaceutical companies to provide for the need for new treatments and
therefore need to make money to be able to fund the research. But again I
emphasize that their products are drugs, not cures. They are no more "the
devil" than any other business trying to sustain itself.
I agree that cures are most likely going to come from independent or
academic research, but that too needs to be funded and that is where the
problem comes in--everyone wants a cure but no one is willing to fund them.
I know that most (if not all) pharmaceutical companies give lots of grants
to universities for research (which is far more than should be expected from
a business that only wants to make profit, as is often suggested by the
media) and the government does the same, but that funding only goes so far.
I was actually doing undergraduate research that was partially funded by J&J
when I was in school. A good point was made in an earlier post saying that
a cure most likely be found in another country--and that is because more
socialist governments provide more funding for the research to be done--and
that enables cures to be found. The only way that will ever change in the
US is if the government funds these undertakings--which means that
indirectly we will be funding the undertakings. The purpose of the JDRF
(Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) in my mind is therefore to get us to
fund the research more directly without going through the government since
there are not adequate government programs in place to do that. I should
also mention that I work for a European based pharmaceutical company and not
an American based one but the philosophy is fairly similar across the board
(I have worked for American based companies in the past).
Type 1 since age 13 (and having diabetes is the main reason I decided to
become a chemist in the pharmaceutical industry).
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