I would call this a disturbing trend, but that implies it's something that flies up and down the recognition meter. No, this is something else entirely. A day or so ago I posted this story (not this link) to Facebook. But it seems that not a day goes by when another story that mirrors my initial story comes our way. I may have discovered the true genesis that links one to another.

Simply put, it's belief. Our own belief system creates these stories. We want to believe that whatever a drug says, is whatever a drug does. Some might think this medical reciprocity is a proverbial "contract" between consumers and their pharmaceutical company of choice. But these days it doesn't matter where you are in the world the odds of being told the exact---make that specific language in that "contract" are----well, the odds are not in your favor. Aspirin seems to be doing ok, but once you venture out past that---it's no man's land, it's no woman's land and if you have children, keep the doors locked. 

Can you put ethics back into business and management? Here's a small British take on that very question. But here's my warning on the label: theory always sounds great. In the meantime, find a pharmaceutical belief system and hope for the best.

 

Alonzo LaMont

alonzo@jhmi.edu 

  


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