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Re: [IPk] Conspiracy theories WAS Re: Micropumps for Wendy RE:

It was just a thought, cynical perhaps. I don't doubt the intentions of
researchers very much, but I have less faith in the money men (and women) at
the top of such massive firms.

On 7/10/06, Melissa P. Ford <email @ redacted> wrote:
> Many people with diabetes have thought that before, Steve. A few years ago
> I
> had a conversation with a biotech researcher about the idea that you
> propose. His response floored me and I have quoted it many times since: if
> we (and healthcare systems) are willing to pay so much for diabetes
> *treatment* over our lifetimes, imagine how much we'd be willing to pay
> up-front for a cure! No company in its right head would miss the
> opportunity
> to make (say) $1m per cured patient per day versus having to earn $6000
> per
> dependent user per year. And even if a cure were available to some, it
> would
> not be available or affordable to all (there are still some places where
> urine glucose monitoring and 1 injection per day is the standard of care
> for
> type 1, we should NEVER forget that). Whether a cure (or some cures) for
> type 1 may be available or not, the pharmaceutical industry and the
> medical
> device industry would both have bright futures. PLUS 90-95% of all cases
> of
> diabetes are type 2 and we don't hear much about 'curing' type 2 except
> 'an
> ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'.
> I have attended professional meetings of the American Diabetes Association
> (Scientific Sessions), Diabetes UK (APC), the International Pancreas and
> Islet Transplant Association, and the Artificial Insulin Delivery and
> Pancreas and Islet Transplant study group of EASD in the past few years.
> Every one of the researchers and the companies and foundations that
> support
> research to develop cures for diabetes DESPERATELY wants to find cures. It
> shocks them to learn that patients circulate rumours that they are part of
> a
> global conspiracy to keep us diabetic when their reason for getting up in
> the morning is to find cures for us. In fact they are all trying to work
> themselves out of a job.  There will plenty of other diseases to study
> when
> all the questions about diabetes have been answered.
> The pharma companies and device companies will find other diseases to work
> on IF diabetes is someday a smaller part of their portfolio. With the
> rates
> at which type 2 is increasing in so many populations, we type 1s will
> become
> a smaller and smaller part of the diabetes market anyway over the next ~15
> years.
> Melissa
> Type 1 13 years; MiniMed pumper 7.5 years; Animas pumper 2.5 years
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: "steve baker" <email @ redacted>
> Reply-To: email @ redacted
> To: email @ redacted
> Subject: Re: Micropumps for Wendy RE: [IPk] Re: ip-uk-digest V3 #543
> Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2006 21:28:28 +0100
> Has anyone else thought that the big medical companies want to create
> dependancy rather than cure diabetes? Just a thought I had watching the
> news
> about stem cell mouse sperm.
> .
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