jerk of the week

You might be the jerk of the week if you happen to be the CEO of Bayer, who made the following statement with regard to the pharmaceutical company’s responsibility to produce drugs.

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But the quote really does generate the obvious question.  What exactly is a pharmaceutical company’s responsibility?  As corporations, are drug companies solely responsible to profits and shareholders or do they have some responsibility to produce life-saving drugs that might not make them money?  Do pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to provide drugs to those in third world countries who can’t afford them?  I personally have an opinion on the matter, but curious to hear what the rest of you think.


About justgngr

the ramblings of a medical professional by day, judgmental ginger by night
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2 Responses to jerk of the week

  1. justajeepguy says:

    It’s a slippery slope – if you think they shouldn’t make a profit or that it should be capped then shouldn’t the same reasoning be applied to all aspects of the medical profession?

  2. J says:

    I read about how lithium might be useful in treating certain mental diseases. However, big pharma is not interested in pursuing this because lithium, a natural element, cannot be patented.

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