Designer Drugs are used to prevent two molecules from joining together. This occurs when one molecule aligns with a second molecule and fitting perfectly into a certain spot. This paring results in a chemical reaction which initiates an infection, or a cell dies. These designer drugs interfere with this molecular binding to prevent the resulting infection or cell death. There have been some positive results from the use of these drugs. A couple of examples are; some antiviral drugs which have had some success in treating the AIDS virus. Another is drugs which have been designed to prevent cold and flu viruses from binding with their target cells. What about being able to produce and provide better and safer drugs? “Instead of the standard trial-and-error method of matching patients with the right drugs, doctors will be able to analyze a patient's genetic profile and prescribe the best available drug therapy from the beginning. Not only will this take the guesswork out of finding the right drug, it will speed recovery time and increase safety as the likelihood of adverse reactions is eliminated. Pharmacogenomics has the potential to dramatically reduce the estimated 100,000 deaths and 2 million hospitalizations that occur each year in the United States as the result of adverse drug response.”(www.ornl.gov)
In researching designer drugs I did not find any physical downside to them. What I did find however, was the potential for societal and privacy issues. For an example of societal issues we need to understand that “genetic variants cluster in racial groups.” (www.sciencedaily.com) This means that some smaller racial populations here in the U.S. most likely have genetic differences which would cause them to be particularly vulnerable to certain drugs. This brings up the issue that drug manufactures might not choose to develop a new drug to aid a smaller potential market for economical reasons. Another issue to be considered is a person’s privacy and their right to such. The way the laws are written as of now, no one can access your medical records without your permission regardless of the need or intent. To use these designer drugs to their fullest potential, which is matching them to each individual by use of our genes, the people involved need to have a complete medical history on each person. This means they need information about your mother, father, grandmother, grandfather and anyone else you can provide. The problem develops when say your father does not want his medical records and information made available to these people. The way our law is written as of now the father’s wishes would be followed and not the child’s.
Designer Drugs are used to prevent two molecules from joining together. This occurs when one molecule aligns with a second molecule and fitting perfectly into a certain spot. This paring results in a chemical reaction which initiates an infection, or a cell dies. These designer drugs interfere