Unmet needs or unmet wants? Sleeping sickness vs. facial hair

On whether maximising monetary value is always a desirable end for society, it's worth quoting at length from Farley (2008): Aventis developed a compound, eflornithine, with promising pharmaceutical characteristics. Scientists discovered in 1979 that  flornithine killed trypanosomes, the parasite responsible for African sleeping sickness, a debilitating disease transmitted by the tsetse fly that threatens 70 million Africans. Although the … Continue reading Unmet needs or unmet wants? Sleeping sickness vs. facial hair