For profit medicine, be it drugs or procedures, is a murderous way of running a nation's health care system. Case in point, researchers at Harvard University have done human experiments that suggest a possible cure (yes, cure) for Type I diabetes, Diabetes May Be Reversed by Long-Used Vaccine for TB.
However, when the researchers,Perhaps this is a long shot, but limited human trials so far show potential to help almost 3 million people in the US alone....tried to interest every major drugmaker in developing the vaccine as a possible cure for diabetes. All told her there wasn’t enough money to be made in a cure that used an inexpensive, generically available vaccine, Faustman said.
It is a travesty that this potential for a cure is not being pursued with the maximum urgency. Is that happening? No. The researchers are,Insulin injections help control Type 1 diabetes for the 3 million Americans with the disease, though there is no cure for the condition usually diagnosed in childhood. Results of the trial showed that two of the three patients given BCG had signs of renewed insulin production. The researchers now plan a larger study that could yield results in three to five years.
This is the social (I would argue criminal) abomination that is for profit medicine. For the medical industry there is big money in 3 million people needing drugs for life. As a consequence, letting them suffer and die is good business....trying to raise money to pay for the expensive larger human trials. Her lab so far has received $11 million of the $25 million needed to pay for the next stage of testing. All of the money is coming from private donors, the largest of which is the Iacocca Family Foundation.
Let me suggest that if the researchers do, indeed, find a cure for Type I diabetes the medical industry, aided and abetted by their bought and paid for friends in Congress,and the drug companies' FDA will do all they can to suppress and deny those suffering with Type I diabetes a cure.
A medical system that fails to pursue cures for conditions like Type I diabetes needs to scrapped and replaced by policies, systems, procedures, and, indeed, people who are interested in promoting health not disease to increase profits.