The government does everything in an efficient manner and never makes mistakes.
I am perfect. And in my eyes Deb (and Harry Z), you are perfect. We just need to go after those bastard drug companies which conduct trials for difficult diseases with treatments which are not perfect cures and which are not 100% absolutely safe.
Why do I get the impression that you hold a fair amount of stock in pharmaceutical companies?
OddDuck wrote:The small minor detail here that you refuse to notice is that Biogen DID know of the risks and did NOT disclose them to the patients. Plain and simple. It's hiding them that is the unforgivable part.Deb
I didn't jump to that conclusion from Metsfan's post. He/she is simply pointing out the ludicrousness of the fairyland scenario that some members of this board propose.
Even if a company mastered the ability to snap its fingers thereby producing the ideal drug free of any risks or side effects, we'd still have a whole camp of users expecting it to be offered for FREE. Get real.
I propose that everyone who is completely risk averse just crawl back under the covers and wait another 15 years until the bugs have been worked out and the "perfect" therapy awaits you.
bromley wrote:I don't have any connection with any drugs companies but is easy to forget the benefits they do provide - the average life expectancy for men / women in the developed world is around 80. Much of this increase over previous life expectancy is due to vaccines, anti-biotics etc developed by drugs companies (and sometimes government). Many people now recover from some forms of cancer or have their lives extended or made easier.
Treatments for diseases are always going to carry risks - our immune systems and central nervous systems are very complex and not fully understood. 100% safety can never be guaranteed when putting chemicals into our bodies. Trials are the only real way to test for safety and effectiveness.
Suing drugs companies for billions will lead to investors pulling out of this market.
Drugs companies should be regulated, accountable etc but disease is a risky business. I'll try and identify a government created drug which is 100% safe and treats those stuck in cloud cuckoo land. You sound like you need it
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