Monographs

03. The Pharmaceutical industry and medical progress

This article deals with the ethical conflicts that are generated by the very concept of "medical progress" and also addresses the different interests of the pharmaceutical industry. It combines the lecture "The influence of medical progress and of the pharmaceutical industry on our health" presented by the Director of the Healthcare Research Fund, Dr. Fernando García Alonso and the speech delivered by the Managing Director of S.A.L.V.A.T laboratories, Mr. Javier Peris "The pharmaceutical industry and medical progress". These two points of view opened a debate between a group of pharmacologists, doctors, philosophers and journalists, whose contributions are also included in this publication.