Have you watched TV lately and heard the warnings to save more for retirement because we are living longer? I have and it is all due to prescription drugs. You know those little pills that come in all sorts of colors, shapes and sizes that help us live longer. Prescription drugs help manage our bodies better. They help fight disease and infections when the body can’t manage. Let’s face it, we need the help since we are not being as active as our forefathers, nor are we eating better. The recent earnings from McDonalds prove that theory. We try daily to improve our lifestyle but work deadlines, kid’s sports and family events keep us busy and moving.
More and more jobs are white collar or desk based. Technology has made us more productive, but computer technology which requires the seated position (try typing without sitting) has made us lazier. How can you not be, I grew up with pong by Atari, with the tiny ball and 2 paddles. I see my nephews now with the latest Xbox games, and wow, you just get sucked in front of the TV screen.
For all the hard working people, getting a cold means, we don’t stay home, rest and let nature take its course. There are deadlines that have to be met and kids that need soccer or wrestling practice. Every day have a need to keep up life’s pace. We have no time to plan meals so we pick up a quick burger. The sad part is that our lack of rest and choice of meals result in our bodies breaking down and becoming susceptible to disease. So we turn to doctors for the miracle pill.
Prescription Drugs as the Answer
If we had a museum of life’s great achievements, the wheel would be there first followed by the prescription drug pill. Let us not forget sliced bread. Prescription drugs have been and will be our solution to keep pace in this world. They were originally designed to stabilize your body from disease and help it fight off infections. The concept was simple and efficient for the delivery of compounds to your body. While you rested, worked, or traveled, prescription drugs helped cure what ailed you. Your part was to consume them in a timely manner and they did work.
Along the way, things changed for prescription drugs. They became a daily necessity to maintain a properly functioning body. If you had a headache, you took a pill, sore joints were not a problem, you took a pill and forget about ice and rest, who has time for that. Pills became the holy grail, so to speak of fighting back disease. In turn, side effects came into play. As the diseases started to go into remission or disappear, we ended up living longer. That means we need more money to survive, so we work longer. We experienced more of the world’s food cultures; we love longer, we enjoy more time with our family, all thanks to prescription drugs.
Rise of the Pill
With the development of the pill came the rise of a huge industry which is known as the Pharmaceutical Industry. Companies spend billions of dollars looking for that next big pill or blockbuster (not the video rental company) that improves your quality of life. Let’s be realistic, they don’t spend that much money for the betterment of mankind. Making more money is also a priority. However, each major drug discovery finances the next generation of drugs and scientists. Pills take 10-25 years to develop and get to market depending on how complicated they are. It just doesn’t happen in a garage or a basement. Each new drug discovery expands our knowledge base and the ability to fight off disease. We learn more about the body’s interactions, and then new drugs are found which teaches us more. Each step is like fine tuning a piano, one note at a time. All of this effort is used to improve the health of humanity. Do you agree that pharmaceutical companies have a role in our society?