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||Posted - 01/06/2012 : 19:14:34
I have just got back from the vets after the dog has had some problems. In our chat, the vet mentioned a friend of hers whose dog exhibited some strange behaviour. (One reason I went is because Misty has exhibited some behavioural changes, but luckily nothing serious)
The dog was examined and the eventual diagnosis was dementia: the same as humans. Not a nice thing to have.
But: There is a treatment; the dog was fitted with a special collar that stimulated it's olfactory senses to help it remember things. The vets friend asked why it isn't available for humans. The answer: It is, but it's too expensive at over £350,000 per year to prescribe.
So, my question is; why is it so much more expensive to manufacture a drug for humans when the canine version is £60 per month?
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||Posted - 02/06/2012 : 14:29:19
Yes, smells can often transport me back to somewhere in my past.
||Posted - 02/06/2012 : 14:27:25
Smell is the most heightened sense for recall though Storm.
||Posted - 02/06/2012 : 11:50:59
Surely that sort of stimulation would only be effective with dogs? I don't live my life by mostly smelling things!
||Posted - 01/06/2012 : 21:35:58
Two questions spring to mind.
Is there any strong evidence to suggest that the collar actually works? Or could it be merely a kind of placebo to help shoulder the owners eventual sense of loss?
How on earth can any drug to hinder or to help anything or anyone cost almost £7,000 a week? I really don't understand it at all, it seems the figures could simply be plucked out of thin air to help the greed of the body responsible for its manufacture. It may be worth investigating via the correct organisations i.e. the National Medical Council.