I see you out there rolling your eyes. “Oh, Jeez, there goes RD, running around with her hair on fire about Pharmageddon again. Why doesn’t she just pick a hobby, like gardening, and shut the f^&* up already?”
Right? I mean, for some of you out there, it’s just so much easier if your pre-formed political tribalism has given you all the answers you need about pharma and you don’t have to think about us anymore. “I mean, big pharma is evil, well, not you personally, RD, but you know, the people you used to work for. And they want to poison everyone for profit and make up diseases to make money and no one really needs anti-depressants.”
Ok, now you’re starting to talk like crazy scientologist Tom Cruise, jumping all over the couch and sneering at Brooke Shields for the audacity of getting post-partum baby blues. It’s a dangerous attitude and self defeating. By knowing what’s really going on and understanding the limits and obstacles of drug discovery, you’re a lot less likely to get flim-flammed by the MBAs, the lawyers and political lackeys in the future, right? Please say yes, because we are trying to get through to you and it’s not easy. There’s a lot of deprogramming to do.
Anyway, I know a lot of you won’t listen to me and when I post on this subject, I get crickets in the comment threads, either because you’re still drinking the kool-aide that STEM jobs are the way of the future or because it’s all too tiresome.
But this BBC-4 program on the death of drug discovery is really good and it’s only 38.00 minutes of your time. They interview researchers and explain how the drug discovery process happens, clearly. They say the same thing I’ve been saying for the past several years but this is the BBC and they say it all with that clipped British accent, so, you know, credibility and all that.
You can listen to this while you’re cleaning out the litter box and sorting your recycling. You owe it to yourself, your fellow human beings who will get sick someday and need your help, and to us, the dedicated and now out of work professionals who slaved over a hot shaking incubator to make you drugs.
We need your help. It’s that important.
Now, click here.