Nobel Prize in Medicine: Pharmaceutical drugs that cure block because they are not profitable
The winner of the Nobel Prize in Medicine Richard J. Roberts denounces the way Big Pharma operate within the capitalist system, putting the economic benefits to health and stopping scientific progress in curing diseases because healing is not as profitable as chronicity.
A few days ago we published a note on data released showing that large U.S. pharmaceutical companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year paying these doctors to promote their drugs.
To complement reproduce this interview with the Nobel Prize in Medicine Richard J. Roberts who said that drugs that cure are not profitable and therefore are not developed by the pharmaceutical companies developing drugs instead if they are consumed cronificadores serialized form.
This, says Roberts, also makes some of the drugs that could cure all illness are not investigated.
And he wonders how far it is valid that the health industry is governed by the same values and principles that the capitalist market, which get to be very similar to the Mafia. The interview was originally published by the Spanish newspaper Vanguardia:
Does the research can be planned? – If I were Minister of Science, enthusiastic people seek interesting projects, just give them money so they could not do anything but let them investigate and work ten years to surprise us.
– Looks like a good policy. – It is generally believed that, to go very far, you have to support basic research, but if you want more immediate results and profitable, you bet on the applied …
– Are not you? – Often more profitable discoveries have been made from very basic questions. Thus was born the giant American biotech billion dollar industry and I work.
– How did? – Biotechnology arose when passionate people began to wonder if I could clone genes and began to study them and try to purify.
– An adventure. – Yeah, but no one expected to get rich with these questions. It was difficult to get funding to research the answers until Nixon launched the war on cancer in 1971.
– Was scientifically productive? – Allowed, with a huge amount of public money, a lot of research, like mine, that did not work directly against cancer, but it was useful to understand the mechanisms that allow life.
– What did you discover? – Phillip Allen Sharp and I were rewarded by the discovery of introns in eukaryotic DNA and the mechanism of gene splicing (gene splicing).
– What was the use? – That discovery helped to understand how the DNA, however, has only an indirect relationship to cancer.
– What research model seems more effective, the American or European? – It is obvious that the U.S., which is an active private capital, is much more efficient. Take for example the spectacular progress of the computer industry, where private money that finances basic and applied research, but for the health industry … I have my reservations.
– Go ahead. – Research on human health can not depend only on its profitability. What’s good for the corporate dividends is not always good for people.
– Explain. – The pharmaceutical industry wants to serve the capital markets …
– Like any other industry. – It’s just not any other industry: we are talking about our health and our lives and those of our children and millions of human beings.
– But if they are profitable, better investigate. – If you only think about the benefits, stop worrying about serving humans.
– For example … – I have checked and in some cases dependent on private funds researchers have discovered highly effective medicines that have completely finished with a disease …
– Why stop investigating? – Because pharmaceuticals often are not as interested in you as in cure get money, so that investigation, suddenly, is diverted to the discovery of drugs that do not heal at all, but making chronic disease and make you experience an improvement that disappears when you stop taking the medicine.
– It’s a serious charge. – As is common for pharmaceutical interested in areas of research not only to cure but to become chronic ailments with drugs cronificadores much more profitable than they cure completely and
once and forever. And not just follow the financial analysis of the pharmaceutical industry and verify what I say.
– There dividends that kill. – That’s why I said that health can not be a market or can be understood only as a means to make money. And so I think that the European model of mixed public and private capital is less easy to
conducive to such abuse.
– An example of such abuse? – Have stopped investigating because they are too effective antibiotics and cured completely. As no new antibiotics have been developed, infectious microorganisms have become resistant tuberculosis and today, in my childhood had been defeated, is resurgent and this past year has killed a million people.
– Do not you talking about the Third World? – This is another sad chapter: little investigation Third World diseases, because the drugs that would fight would not be profitable. But I’m talking about our First World: medicine
heals completely unprofitable and therefore do not investigate it.
– Politicians are not involved? – No illusions: in our system, politicians are mere employees of big money, investing ensure that elected their kids out, and if they go out, buy from those elected.
– In all there. – The capital is only interested multiply. Almost all politicians – and I know of what I speak of such blatantly-dependent pharmaceutical multinationals who finance their campaigns. The rest are words …
Richard J. Roberts was born in Derby, England, in 1943. Initially studied chemistry, then moved to the United States, where he developed teaching at Harvard and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. Since 1992 the research directs the Institute Biolabs, Beverly, (Mass.).
He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1993, shared with Phillip A. Sharp, for his work on the introns, DNA fragments that has nothing to do with genetic information. That the information could describe a gene deposited was disposed not continuous but was fractionated.
The first experiments carried out on the genetic material of viruses, particularly adenoviruses.
They concluded that RNA had to precede changes in DNA.
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