Growing up you believe the world is meant to be the way it is. The older I get the more I realise that this is not the case. The world is full of injustices and atrocities that governments and the voice of faith expect us to accept, though with each passing year they grow fewer and fewer, at least one would hope. I have created this blog as a space for me to rant about all things science, politics, philosophy and religion, before it’s too late and the vessel of new atheism propelled by a growing surge in secularism solves all of the world’s problems for good.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Medical advance hindered, cancer cures won't make pharma companies enough money...


The hindrance of scientific advance, on any front, frustrates me to no end. Especially in the case of medical research being hindered for religious, political or financial reasons.

Too long has medical research suffered at the hands of religion and politics, in particular, areas such as stem cell research and cloning have long had to hurdle countless religious and political obstacles in order for society to get just a minute taste of their possible benefits.

Here are two recent examples that have been affected by the greed within the pharmaceutical industry in the world. The fact that Pharma companies are solely conerned with making money and not on the furthering of medical research and science, and more so the reduction of suffering for people throughout the world is upsetting.

I can imagine few people would personally want to prevent such medical successes to be heard about, invested in and spread throughout the world. So it’s crazy that when you have a number of these people working together for the companies who are supposedly working towards improving the area of medical science for society that they base their decisions more importantly on profit margins than the best products.

Both of these examples are directly related to curing and treating cancer no less… making the pharma companies’ non-interest in funding these products all the more alarming when you consider 1 in 2 will suffer from cancer in their lives.

Dichloroacetate
“Researchers at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada have cured cancer last week, yet there is a little ripple in the news or in TV. It is a simple technique using very basic drug. The method employs dichloroacetate, which is currently used to treat metabolic disorders. So, there is no concern of side effects or about their long term effects.”

“This drug doesn’t require a patent, so anyone can employ it widely and cheaply compared to the costly cancer drugs produced by major pharmaceutical companies.” - Article

Cannabis
“… at face value it would be fair to expect the worlds press to get pretty excited over even ‘a suspicion’ of a cure for cancer, a disease which will strike down almost 1 in every 2 people.”

Cannabis can cure certain types of cancer. So why are we not researching it further? Because the pharma industry cannot get a patent on a plant so law enforcement holds the patent whilst the pharma’s try to build a chemical version..and that’s no longer good enough to keep it outlawed.” - Article
  
I might add for those who will argue that cannabis is illegal in many countries and that’s why research in that area is lacking, though the plant itself may be illegal and the drug marijuana that is derived from it too, the chemicals in the plant and drug are not. They can be synthetically created in the laboratory, with relative ease, however because they are naturally occurring chemicals they can not be patented by pharma companies and thus get little attention or funding. Meanwhile we have the same companies funding dodgy scientists to falsify data and research, finding in favour of those patented drugs that make them the most money.

The scary part of the matter is that cheap, readily and easily available cures and treatments to diseases are often quashed by those who control health issues at a national and even international level (the pharma companies). They are not prepared to let people cure their own illnesses, because it would cost them $trillions in over-the-counter pain-relief. Even though these products may be a 100% proven safer alternative, with few if any side effects in comparison to the pharma companies’ (patented) products.

Here’s hoping poorly funded Universities and other private organizations can do these areas of medical research justice and get the cures and treatments out into society to help those who need it.

Curing cancer is all well and good, but what use is the cure if it can’t make anyone rich……???? Hmmmm

3 comments:

  1. I see the exact opposite conclusion to what you do here - pharma companies are investing huge amounts of money in areas where they can make money.

    This is money that would not otherwise be spent on medical research - investors would put their money in technology or banking organizations if pharma made no money...

    So really the conclusion I see here is that they have pushed science forward, not held it back. And they continue to do so. If it weren't for this investment, _all_ drugs would be in the same boat as dichloroacetate. A much worse situation, I think we can all agree.

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  2. Yeah, I can see where you're coming from, and I agree they've done a lot for the medical industry it's just annoying that it only happens to areas or for drugs with the potential to make big returns. Those things that may do a great deal but will give investors little return are looked over.

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