I've worked in Big Pharma for many years now.
Recently there was a thread on here which went off at a tangent, though by the time I saw it, it had got back on topic. The tangent was about pharma companies inventing conditions to have a new market to seel their drugs on.
My main thought about this was:
When I started working in pharma, all the questions I ever got were about animal testing and its evils. I developed my stock answer which went along the lines of:
1) actually, I'm involved in the testing on humans stage.
2) the legislation/regulation is that you can't test on humans until you have tested on at least two animals, one of which must be non-rodent - so work on the regulators and legislators and find us a viable alternative. Perhaps you would like to volunteer "we've got this chemical, theoretically we have an idea it might do X, would you try it for us?" (this often gave people a perspective they hadn't thought of before!)
Over time, animal testing was not the question I got...it moved in to patent stuff (it costs 500 million pounds to get a drug from discovery to market, am I not allowed to try and make any of that money back? This number also often gave people a perspective they hadn't had before), and then on to the invented conditions stuff.
So, I was amused in that thread that went off at a tangent, it was on the 'fashionable topic', and that I never hear about animal testing anymore. Then, hahahahahaha, what were BBC News going on about this morning? Use of animals in medical research. So, reckon the conversations will be going back round again
Actually, it's quite amusing the way the press takes hold of something every so often. Did you know around 10 people under 30 die each week due to undiagnosed heart conditions? You probably did, because after Fabrice Muamba had his heart incident, there were so many reports in the press. Every young person who collapsed - especially sporting types - was headline news. I'm not saying this is a bad thing at all, just that the press ran with this.
But things fall out of fashion too - certainly, from where I live, you'd think knife crime among young people in London has completely disappeared. Last year, or the year before perhaps, we had the news giving us running totals every time there was an incident - the 15th teenager to be injured in a stabbing this year, etc. You'd have thought you couldn't step outside in London without someone waving a knife at you. But now, it's not news at all...I sincerely doubt that knife crime has gone - but it has certainly gone from the press so seems to have disappeared!
Erm, just wittering
Working on your own at home means sometimes you need to talk to (or rather at) someone other than the cat