The blogosphere is alive with comments about the record breaking US$2.3bn fine that the American Department of Justice has slapped on drug company Pfizer. A quick look at the blogs will show you that according to many “Big Pharma” is finally getting the expensive medicine it deserves.
But is that entirely fair?
Why are we so quick to attack drug companies and glory in their misfortune? These are after all the same people who come up with vaccines, painkillers and antiviral drugs to stop us getting ill arent they?
It is true pharmaceuticals make large profits and that there is fraud in the industry. But they are a business like any other. Since the development of industrialised healthcare, humanity has surely benefited more than any pharmaceutical company executive. Why do we resent drug companies so much? We put a lot of trust in drug companies. We trust that the substances they provide us with to cure trauma and disease or just to get through the next horrible hangover will do what they say and leave us better off. Why then are pharmaceutical giants the objects of such resentment and distrust?