According to recent research the first evidence of the pharmacitical Industry was in 754 AD in the Middle East. It is fair to say that in today's modern world and certainly within Poland it is now a huge player in the world market.
Today's health products are playing a vital part in ensuring that we stay healthier for longer and enjoy a life span that has dramatically improved in the last hundred years. The research and development over the last two centuries has seen once feared illnesses and diseases all but eradicated in the western world.
When I grew up children in the UK were dying of tuberculosis a disease that has now virtually been totally eradicated.
The advent of penicillin and the pill has completely changed and some might say liberated both society and women in particular as greater freedom of choice has been developed.
There is of course a huge degree of regulation needed to ensure that people are kept safe and protected from the side effects of poor research. You only need to think of the victims of the thalidomide disaster of the 1970 s and the devastating effects on the children that were born to pregnant mums who had taken the thalidomide treatment.
Stringent guidelines are in place to ensure that any commercial medicines are both fit for purpose and side effect free, for obvious reasons.
The industry needs to regulate itself to ensure that only the highest standards are maintained, especially in today's constant efforts to eradicate cancer one of the worlds biggest killers.
On a personal level I am very lucky to have enjoyed a life of good and robust health, which I never take for granted.
I have however worked with people who have been utterly dependent on various drugs and medicines to the point that they virtually rattled every time they walked somewhere.
So, in fairness to the industry they have been quietly improving the quality of life for those who can afford it for several decades and have both saved and extended lives for many years. A worthy contribution to society I believe but at what cost?
The issue that I have is that while the comparably wealthy nations are living longer than ever things like child mortality rates in the third world remain just as high as ever. It is a shame that the high profits cannot be partly channelled back into those most in need of the service in the first place.