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Big Pharma's Hidden Hand In Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs


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The greater problems are antibiotics in our food supply, used mainly to make cattle grow faster, and how people misuse antibiotics, directly creating stronger strains. Dumping is clearly a problem too, as is disposal, but the first two areas are far worse.


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Obama's TPP,TTIP and TISA will further empower global pharma to do whatever they want and sue any government that tries to regulate them.


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You beat me to it! That's why the rush and blatant bribery to get this thing passed.
;-})


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Seems to me that this matter of the superbugs and their resistance to most if not all antibiotics is an old problem. Many decades ago, back around 1960, in my first job I was reading the Pharmaceutical Journal and watching out for new drugs on the market. Then there was a continual stream of new antibiotics, and a fairly large number of big pharmaceutical firms were actively researching and developing new formulations.
Later things happened to reduce the nunber of new drugs becoming available. The high cost of R and D, combined with the relatively short period when a company could expect to profit from a new anitibiotic made it more attractive - i.e. more profitable - to invest instead in other types of medication, including cancer treatments.
Also, during the next few decades, many of these companies merged to form huge mega-corporations, e.g. GlaxoSmithKline which also included Beechams and other firms.
As a result, just when antibiotic resistance was beinning to grow, the actual number of firms able to produce new antibiotics had declined, and the number of new anitbiotics being trialled decreased in subsequent decades..
The root cause of this problem is that under the capitalist principle of production for profit, unless something is likely to be profitable it will not be produced, no matter how much we may need it. Need is not the same thing as economic demand - need backed by ability to pay. The fact is that there are many very sick people worldwide who have trouble buying food to eat. Their poverty and their sickness makes medicines far too costly. There's a mismatch between their need of and their ability to pay for medicines, as there is for the Big Pharma companies who are unable to work on new antibiotics since they cannot expect these to be profitable..
So this a case of capitalism's crazy economics making profit the main priority and putting an impossible price-tag on lifesaving medicines.
The solution would be - dare I say it? - world socialism, with production for use, not for profit, where food would be produced to be eaten not traded, and medicines would not be a matter of market economics and the anarchic laws of competition.


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What ever happened to the good ole shot in the butt of penicillin