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Patient commentary: the current model has failed

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 04 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4568

Re: Patient commentary: the current model has failed

Failing Current Drug Discovery Models

Reading a patient’s commentary is really eye opening and also moving when we read patients' anguish as a human being and not as a professional. In the course of drug discovery and development of therapeutics for not only cancer but also other diseases, we should also think about the root cause of disease. Public education and awareness about the origin of disease and their relationship to our current lifestyle should be the prime objective.

So far as the process of drug discovery is concerned, it involves money and after development industries will focus only on money. This business depends on money and only money. Here profit and loss matters a lot. Humanity is certainly involved but it is secondary. We have reached the moon, mars and other planets before reaching into the human heart. Cultivation of human sensitivity is required not only in professional organisations but also in public. Having achieved this goal, we may solve the majority of sufferings ourselves and reduce the burden on organisations involved in drug discovery process. Before we blame others, we should look at whether we took care of ourselves. Poor animals have become target for drug discovery. Business houses have emerged. In that business, laboratory animals are living lavish life. Humans are still suffering from poverty and hunger.

Competing interests: No competing interests

06 October 2017
Ashok Kumar Tiwari
Professor & Senior Principal Scientist
Medicinal Chemistry & Biotechnology Division,
CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology,Hyderabad-500007 (India)