By David L. Finegold, Cecile M Bensimon, Abdallah S. Daar, Margaret L. Eaton, Beatrice Godard, Bartha Maria Knoppers, Jocelyn Mackie, Peter A. Singer
''Biotechnology and pharmaceutical businesses are frequently pushed by means of revenue objectives, however the case stories in Bioindustry Ethics exhibit that this is often more and more no longer on the price of moral integrity. ...lend[s] vital insights to different executives and execs who should be constructing their very own practices and policies.'' - GENOMICS & PROTEOMICS (August 2005)
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These include: Hiring people with the right values and then reinforcing them—“I think we look for people who we believe have a similar value system, including how they make decisions, and what they’ve done earlier in their career,” said Yarno. ’ And we just have to say no, that’s not how we do things here. In our communications we talk about the fact that a doctor isn’t going to prescribe a medicine because you take them on an outing; they’ll do it if you show them it is successful… We have good products and they are able to hold their head up high because our product is backed by science.
Likewise, Healy notes that one of the reasons for Merck’s participation in the global health initiatives was the growing recognition that the AIDS epidemic and other infectious diseases were preventing these economies from growing: We now emphasize that healthcare is important to help developing countries actually develop, and that countries should not wait until they can afford better healthcare. Before, we weren’t really into that. And I don’t think the international organizations were really into that either.
He chose Jacqueline (Jacquie) Brevard, an international lawyer who had worked with all the major areas of Merck’s global operations, to be the Chief Ethics Officer heading up this effort. Recalled Brevard: Ray decided he wanted a lawyer to head the Ethics Office. Given the issues that arise, it is helpful to have a legal perspective… And with the nature of our business, Ray wanted the Office to be global, so he wanted an international lawyer with experience in developing nations. By the time he added up all the desired criteria, the list narrowed to me.
BioIndustry Ethics by David L. Finegold, Cecile M Bensimon, Abdallah S. Daar, Margaret L. Eaton, Beatrice Godard, Bartha Maria Knoppers, Jocelyn Mackie, Peter A. Singer