In my eight years with this disease, trolling blogs and web sites, starting my own blog, letters from readers, etc., there is one common thread with people with this disease – “when will they find a cure?” I realize the desperation for a cure, and I hope that eventually there is a cure, but I am not holding my breath on that one.
I am not a conspiracy theorist, but I am a realist, and the reality is that the world of medicine is a big money making business. The pharmaceuticals are all billion dollar companies, spending and making making billions of dollars researching and developing new medicines.
But with all the research and findings and all the new drugs that are constantly being put on the market, not one of them is ever a cure. They all just suppress symptoms, or stop progression, but never cure the disease.
And the reason for that is, if they are able to create a drug that makes you feel better, or just suppresses but never cures the disease, you will have to take the medication for the rest of your life. A definite income maker for the pharmaceuticals. The day they create a cure, you take it once and walk away. You don’t need them anymore, and thus, their income ceases.
One of the drugs I take called Tracleer costs $7,200.00 a month. Just for me, that is $86,400.00 a year. If there are 500k people that take this drug, which is a very conservative estimate, that means the company takes in $43.2 billion dollars a year from just one drug. Find a cure, and that income stops.
And that is why I think, there will never be a cure.