For most pharmaceutical companies, the bottom line is everything. Their sole motivation is profit and as a result, they concentrate on mass-producing cheap medicines in the highest quantities that they can. In other words, they concentrate on quantity rather than quality. One company that has decided to buck this trend is Chicago-based Marathon Pharmaceuticals.
Marathon Pharmaceuticals has based its business model on catering to those with uncommon or unique needs. When a person has a rare disease or any other uncommon affliction, their treatment options are normally quite limited. Too often, they have to go with a treatment option that they don’t particularly like because there is just no other way. Marathon has chosen to concentrate on quality over quantity by producing medicines that are normally very expensive and difficult to produce. While they cannot compete with the financial numbers associated with larger companies, it is safe to say that those afflicted with rare diseases are quite appreciative that there is at least one company working to meet their needs.
Marathon is also very much involved with medical research. For a company that focuses on rare and uncommon maladies, it is only natural that they would be highly engaged in the search for new and better medicines. They have recently opened up a new bioscience center in Chicago, which is named for the company. The facility has been staffed with the most competent professionals available, and between them they have an impressive range of experience. They use their extensive education and experience to work on new therapies and medicines for the treatment of many diseases including cancer, endocrine deficiencies, gastrointestinal diseases, movement disorders and maladies of the central nervous system.
This research has certainly not been without its fruits. One of these is a new type of lidocaine-based anesthetic. Unlike most anesthetics, this substance is not used as much for surgery as for routing blood draws. The product is mainly intended for children who need to have blood drawn regularly. The anesthetic is applied to the injection spot before the needle is administered. This is just one example of the good work that these fine people are doing to produce the next generation of medicines.