One of the scientists working in the R & D laboratory of a major pharmaceutical company discovers that one of the company’s bestselling veterinary drugs, B has the potential to cure a currently incurable liver disease that is prevalent in tribal areas. However, developing a variant of the drug suitable for human beings entailed a lot of research and development having a huge expenditure to the extent of R 50 crores. It was unlikely that the company would recover the costs as the disease was rampant only in poverty-stricken area having very little market otherwise. If you were the CEO, then— (a) Identify the various actions that you could take; (b) Evaluate the pros and cons of each of your actions. 10 marks

Mentor’s comment-

  • In the introduction discuss the stakeholders involved, identify the ethical concerns in the case.
  • In the body suggest what are the possible solutions and alternatives available to you. Suggest the best possible way that can address all the stakeholders equally.
  • Conclude with suitable solutions.

 

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