Re: Who's on your ignore list?
posted at 12/21/2011 11:09 AM EST
In Response to Re: Who's on your ignore list?
[QUOTE]'66 Perhaps you could get funding if instead of trying to cure Parkinsons you just invented a drug that people with Parkinsons need to take on a daily basis at $600 a pill. Drug companies would fund that. Where's the money in curing Parkinsons?
Posted by patsbandwagonsince76[/QUOTE]
A lot of people don't know this, but many or even most of the drugs developed are created in government research projects located on college campuses, funded primarily by government research funds (tax dollars). Pharmaceuticals simply can't or won;t invest on the scale that the fed will. When a drug is created, it is then licensed to a pharmaceutical company (for a song), who in turn market the hell out of it during Pats games.
A lot of drugs are created by seemingly endless trial and error. They take monkeys, rabbits, cats, dogs, bunnies, mice, etc. and expose them to doses of varied formulae, time how long it takes for the test animals die (often with a stop watch), then tweak the formula and repeat the process. Each animal is dissected to determine the effects of the formula. In other words, they try to find results first, then pair them with diseases to treat the diseases. So Rogaine was discovered to stop certain types of baldness, but was funded as a heart drug.
Take away the gov't funding on campuses and most drug research will grind to a halt. As it is, Big Pharma has been pulling drugs from circulation because they don't make ENOUGH money, but they may hold the exclusive license, so nobody can produce and sell the drug in their place that your tax dollars developed because some CEO doesn't like the lower ROI that the particular drug offers. Thus, little Johnny dies an early death of a curable or treatable disease so some CEO can keep his stock price higher for when he/she retires in three years and eventually cashes out his stock options (you can thank Reagan for that last bit of reality, as he passed the tax law that shifted exec comp to primarily stock options, meaning execs would thereafter run companies with only the near future in mind, ditching any care for corporation's long-term health and wealth).
Now you know a little more about the real world and may appreciate more what college research contributes. Guys like PatsFan1966 sacrifice their personal prosperity, working massive hours for peanuts, all for the greater good of the world, and you knock him for not being more socially Darwinistic. Think about that they next time you fill a prescription for your sick kid.