Merck and Co., River Blindness
Ethical Case Analysis
Lennard de Jong
This paper was prepared for Business Ethics, Ethical Case Analysis, taught by Dr. Moser.
Introduction and Situational Analysis
The ethical dilemma in Merck and River Blindness is whether to pursue research that may or may result in profit, or to choose the safe option and go for profit rather than researching the drug. The drug could possibly lead to curing the deadly and detrimental disease known as River Blindness. The drug would kill the parasites that cause the disease. The qualm to this is that, the consumers of the drug could not pay for the medication. This would result in no profit. This is the flip side of the …show more content…
Conclusion and Recommendations
Merck and Co. decided to make the morally correct choice and continue to invest in the research of Mectizan. They also have made it available for the people with River Blindness living in the affected countries, “Since 1987, Merck has donated more than 2.5 billion tablets of MECTIZAN® (Ivermectin) in more than 30 countries worldwide, helping bring a formerly common affliction in those countries closer to elimination.” ("Fighting river blindness," 2010). The Chairman of the Board, Dick Clark, stated, “When Merck made the decision more than 20 years ago to donate MECTIZAN® to help fight river blindness, we dreamed that a milestone like
this might someday be possible." ("Fighting river blindness," 2010). Choosing to go with this decision showed to the public that Merck and Co.