“From a business perspective, Pfizer’s decision makes sense. Why spend $80 million to prove that something works on a drug coming off patent. If the drug proves successful, then a generic manufacturer will reap the benefit of new sales, not the brand name. However, a smart business decision is not necessarily a smart decision for the society or the public. In this case, there may be a duty (utilitarian; communitarian) someone to pursue this line of research but it is not clear whose duty it would be. ”
If health care providers are in a structure where they cannot take care of themselves and there is little support to help, then how can we expect them to help everyone else?