BioIndustry Ethics by David L. Finegold, Cecile M Bensimon, Abdallah S. Daar,

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 way of revenue ambitions, however the case experiences in Bioindustry Ethics convey that this is often more and more no longer on the fee of moral integrity. ...lend[s] very important insights to different executives and execs who can be constructing their very own practices and policies.'' - GENOMICS & PROTEOMICS (August 2005)

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We can talk for an hour about why it was unfair that someone didn’t get tuition benefit and that’s no problem; we do not have to do anything. If it is a case of sexual harassment, then we tell them we have to act. About 85% of the 1000 or so calls that the Ethics Office gets each year are classified as part of the ombudsman process, that is, kept confidential, with the main distinction being that all records of this conversation are destroyed once the case is complete. Brevard commented, “I measure how we’re doing based on the willingness of employees to raise issues and the comfort they have in making allegations.

All new employees are required to undertake ethics training within 6 months of joining Merck. Although some may view the review as a bureaucratic formality, Ken Gustavsen, the Mectizan Donations Program Director, said he found it helpful. “We get an e-mail as a reminder to review policies yearly to show what we stand for. ” Beyond the activities associated with the Values and Standards, the other main function of the Ethics Office has been to create channels for employees to share concerns about ethical issues.

Maintaining the highest standards of information to doctors is another. According to Frazier, however, “price and patents really are not the main barriers” to providing access to drugs to those who need them. In Africa, he contends: Infrastructure is the main problem. When Merck started the Mectizan Donation Program, all we needed to do was to distribute one treatment per person per year; however, the effort it took to accomplish this, with the networking, the delivery P9310_02 5/6/05 8:58 PM Page 46 46 Chapter 2 systems, the human capital, the infrastructure—made it very difficult.

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