Credit: MIT Technology Review,
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
A reminder of one of the reasons that people want to work in pharma
In the middle of a fascinating article about the concerns about high drug pricing by Barry Werth* in MIT Technology Review, a stark reminder of the good that effective pharmaceuticals (such as Vertex's Kalydeco (a cystic fibrosis drug) can do: (The caption from the article reads: "After her son Brady’s health improved, Rebecca Schroeder had Kalydeco’s molecular structure tattooed on her foot.")
Not to get all mushy on you guys, but if my kid's life was improved significantly from a drug, I'd think about having its structure tattooed on me. (I'm not really a body art guy, fyi.)
I think that a lot of people get involved in chemistry to do good and to have a positive impact on someone else's life while doing the science that we love. It's one of the weird tragedies of our time that pharmaceuticals (and medicinal chemistry in particular) can do so much direct good, and yet, there are many more people who want to work in the field than can be hired.
*He's coming out to a sequel to "The Billion Dollar Molecule" in February! I can't wait.