COLUMNS by Moira Dower

COLUMNS

BY MOIRA

Moira Dower is a freelance writer/editor on healthcare and pharmaceutical issues.

She was formerly Editor of Scrip World Pharmaceutical News and Managing Editor of Scrip Magazine.

Profiteering or Philanthropy? – Pharma’s Role in the Coronavirus Crisis

“Like toilet roll profiteers, some (pharma firms) are failing to share all of the data on potential candidate treatments that they hold … they are keeping it stashed in their digital attics and cellars where others cannot get at it, on the grounds that it is commercially confidential.” Strong words from leading UK scientist and former UK Health Minister, Professor Ara Darzi. Writing in The Guardian newspaper, Prof Darzi, a surgeon and director of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, suggests that leading AI companies now collaborating on crunching the data that might identify successful drug candidates are being hindered because some pharma companies are failing to collaborat

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