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    We're not producing new antibiotics nearly as quickly as the old ones are becoming useless.

    One reason is the big pharmaceutical companies don't see much profit in an antibiotic that you take for two weeks.

    They'd rather develop a drug that you're going to take for the rest of your life like Lipitor or Viagra.

    If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

    by Major Kong on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 02:55:17 PM PDT

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    •  true on both counts (2+ / 0-)
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      It may very well be that our days of using antibiotics to counter lethal diseases may come to an end simply because the germs can evolve faster than we can produce new antibiotics (after all, the germs evolve forever, but there is not an unlimited number of antibiotics).

      One reason is the big pharmaceutical companies don't see much profit in an antibiotic that you take for two weeks.

      They'd rather develop a drug that you're going to take for the rest of your life like Lipitor or Viagra.

      There is also the problem of "orphan drugs", in which a disease is not common enough in the population for the pharma companies to make a profit in any cure or treatment for it, so they don't bother. Treating people for limp dick is profitable because half the population gets it sooner or later---treating people for something that only a few thousand people a year get, though, doesn't make enough ROI.

      It may be that genetic engineering itself will be the adopted solution--modifying an individual's own particular genome to treat the particular disease. But the technology isn't at that level yet (though some diseases are being treated currently with individual gene therapy). And that presents the same economic profit-motive problems.

      In the end, reality always wins.

      by Lenny Flank on Fri Mar 21, 2014 at 03:04:16 PM PDT

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