Sunday, February 11, 2007

Is there already a cure for cancer, and are pharmaceutical companies keeping it secret? Monica Tele says she thinks the answer to that question is no. I’m not one for conspiracies, but it is an interesting question, one that I haven’t thought much about, but one that deserves serious consideration.

Ms. Tele says, “If you think about it . . . researchers, doctors, and those in the pharmaceutical industry would want a cure to be known to help their own families and those they know fighting the disease. It only makes sense.” Ms. Tele obviously has a higher regard for those people than I do.

There is an analogy I could make between the pharmaceutical industry and the tobacco industry. The people in the tobacco industry were happy to keep details about the hazards of cigarette smoking a secret as long as they made their billions. I doubt that pharmaceutical industry CEOs and vice presidents have many more scruples.

One only has to look at what happens whenever the safety of a drug product is called into question. (Is Vioxx an example? Someone else could probably answer that better than I.) Often the company strenuously denies a problem exists, they fight it with all the resources they have, and sometimes it turns out they were lying, as with Big Tobacco or with other companies.

And just the other day there was an article about how doctors will withhold information from patients if they somehow object to the information, etc, so I'm not sure I trust them all that much.

If you think about it, why would pharmaceutical companies publish information that would cause people to stop buying their products? Do they have a death wish?

On the other hand, if a company had a cure for cancer, they could charge a lot of money for it, so they would not necessarily have to lose any profits in the long run, at least not until the patent runs out.

I’m sure there are books about this subject. Just go to Amazon and type in “cancer industry” or “politics of cancer” or similar terms. Lots of books come up.

Is there already a cure for cancer that the pharmaceutical companies aren’t telling us about? I doubt it. Will pharmaceutical companies try to protect profits they are making now and try to increase profits in the future? I think so. It only makes sense. That’s what corporations do.

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1 comment:

Raggedy said...

It sure makes me wish there was more honesty in the world. It seems we have to always dig to get to the truth and in many cases it is too late.
Good post and links. Thanks.
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