People vs pets
November 21, 2011 4 Comments
More of 50% of people in the poor parts of Africa and Asia don’t have access to essential drugs.
– Low budget for healthy
– High prises for drugs
– Distribution problems
– Low quality of available drugs
– Poor patient education
– Production of drugs fluctuations
– New drugs for certain tropical diseases are insufficiently developed
– Low drug donations
– Misuse of medication
Both national and international governments and the private sector are responsible for improving access to medicines for poor and sick people in developing countries.
Millions of poor people suffer and die because they cannot afford much-needed medication. Their only alternative is to buy cheaper generic drugs.
Kenya is ahead of many African countries in palliative care, but only seven of its 250 hospitals have ready access to morphine. Even when it is in stock, the annual supply is limited to some 1,500 patients. Yet 180,000 Kenyans die each year of AIDS and cancer alone. Not every patient can be provided with adequate drugs.
Doctors and parents are especially to prescribe morphine to children, arguing that it amounts to giving up on them. Furthermore, the law in many African countries is poorly written, leaving hospitals liable for misplaced controlled drugs, a big concern when so many drugs are pilfered and are then flogged on the black market.
For cancer and other diseases, because Africans often see doctors too late and chemotherapy is rarely available, cancer treatment is mostly about helping people to die without pain.
Health care for pets has developed enormously in recent years, and is now offered mainly by veterinarians who treat companion animals only. Every year more and more medicines for pets came on the market. Many research is done regarding to drugs for pets.
But the main question is, is there more money going to research on drugs for animals or to developing countries? If so, is this ethical justifiable? Are pets concerning health care more important compared to people in developing countries?