Normally, I would be inclined to say yes. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one percent, as the case may be. Statistic: 2.4 billion people suffer from some form of arthritis worldwide. If they all tried this new medicine and 1% of them would die from it, that would be 24 million deaths. That seems like a lot. I feel like the Food & Drug Administration would have a moral obligation to set up a recall on this new miracle arthritis cure. And then we would all be forced to suffer through crappy law office commercials from sub-par lawyers who specialize in suing pharmaceutical companies for manufacturing and selling this miracle arthritis cure. It’s like, every time you turn on The Price Is Right, there’s a commercial for some sleazy lawyer who wants you to sue someone because your grandfather took a gamble so that his knees wouldn’t hurt anymore. Therefore, my answer is no. Who needs more law office commercials in the world?
Would you release the drug? And if so, how could you live with yourself? Maybe you don’t have a TV, so you won’t have to deal with those new lawyer commercials. But why make the rest of us suffer? Stop being such a sadist!
*Actual statistic: Approximately 350 million people worldwide suffer from arthritis.
**Actual confession: I made up the 2.4 billion statistic. But that’s still 3.5 million deaths from this new wonder drug, you sadist!
***The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.