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19th Feb '16 1:29:33 PM SeanMurrayI
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* In ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'', the world is in the grips of a pandemic, and an Evil Drug Company is chasing the title character to regain a cure locked in his NeuroVault. As long as the cure is suppressed, the Evil Drug Company keeps making billions off the watered-down cure, Paralon-B. "Treating the disease is more profitable than curing it!" Cue gunfights.
** The Evil Drug Company even went so far as to deny the cure to its own top executives. So at least they were consistent.

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* In ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'', the world is in the grips of a pandemic, and an Evil Drug Company evil drug company that went through all the time and trouble to research, develop, and test a working cure for the pandemic doesn't want anybody to have it, and is chasing after the title character in order to regain a suppress information on the cure that's locked in his NeuroVault. As long as the cure is suppressed, the Evil Drug Company keeps making billions off the watered-down cure, Paralon-B. "Treating evil drug company can push out lesser treatments because "treating the disease is more profitable than curing it!" Cue gunfights.
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** The Evil Drug Company evil drug company even went goes so far as to deny the cure to its own top executives. So executives, so at least they were consistent.
4th Feb '16 3:56:31 AM Blazer
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** Norman Osborn also has the cure for cancer. He ends up weaponizing it when a pissed-off Deadpool comes gunning for him after Osborn steals his victory in ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion''.
14th Jan '16 1:09:10 AM jormis29
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** ConquerorFromTheFuture the Scarlet Centurion has cured cancer, and offers it to SquadronSupreme member, Tom Thumb in exchange for poisoning fellow team member, Hyperion. He refuses and the Centurion gets a chuckle out of the torment he caused.

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** ConquerorFromTheFuture the Scarlet Centurion has cured cancer, and offers it to SquadronSupreme ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme'' member, Tom Thumb in exchange for poisoning fellow team member, Hyperion. He refuses and the Centurion gets a chuckle out of the torment he caused.
28th Dec '15 11:09:33 AM Anddrix
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** DoctorDoom apparently has a good method of treating burn victims, which he's withholding because he's ... well ... ''Doom''. He was talked into using it once to save Storm, though.

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** DoctorDoom Doctor Doom apparently has a good method of treating burn victims, which he's withholding because he's ... well ... ''Doom''. He was talked into using it once to save Storm, though.
19th Dec '15 7:31:06 AM Berrenta
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* In ''{{Film/Ultraviolet}}'', [[YouCanPanicNow demonizing]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent hemophages]] as monsters instead of treating them as victims of disease enabled the Evil Drug Company has become the "Militant Medical Establishment" known as the [=ArchMinistry=]. Unfortunately, they did too good a job of hunting them, and by the time of the movie needed a new threat to "protect" the world from - a "human antigen" cultivated inside of a [[MacGuffinGirl MacGuffin Boy]]. Once it's released, people will have to line up at [=ArchMinistry=] to get the cure or die. Cue GunKata.

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* In ''{{Film/Ultraviolet}}'', [[YouCanPanicNow demonizing]] [[OurVampiresAreDifferent hemophages]] as monsters instead of treating them as victims of disease enabled the Evil Drug Company has become the "Militant Medical Establishment" known as the [=ArchMinistry=]. Unfortunately, they did too good a job of hunting them, and by the time of the movie needed a new threat to "protect" the world from - a "human antigen" cultivated inside of a [[MacGuffinGirl MacGuffin Boy]].LivingMacGuffin. Once it's released, people will have to line up at [=ArchMinistry=] to get the cure or die. Cue GunKata.
19th Nov '15 11:25:25 AM StFan
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* Played with in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Symbiosis": the Ornarans claim they need felicium to treat a plague that is affecting their world. Their only source of it is through the Brekkians, and this is the only commerce between the worlds. Dr. Crusher determines that the felicium is an addictive narcotic and that the plague has long been cured. While the [[{{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} Prime Directive]] forbids [[TheCaptain Picard]] from revealing the truth to the wronged race, he finds a way to correct the situation by [[JerkassFacade refusing to repair their few remaining ships]]. Without the ships, they will have no way to get the drug and will eventually realize they're not actually sick.
* ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'': [[Wallbangers/StarTrekEnterprise "Dear Doctor"]]: Archer decides to let an entire species die from a disease that Phlox could cure so that another race on the planet could have an "evolutionary breakthrough."

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* Played with in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Symbiosis": the Ornarans claim they need felicium to treat a plague that is affecting their world. Their only source of it is through the Brekkians, and this is the only commerce between the worlds. Dr. Crusher determines that the felicium is an addictive narcotic and that the plague has long been cured. While the [[{{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} [[AlienNonInterferenceClause Prime Directive]] forbids [[TheCaptain Picard]] from revealing the truth to the wronged race, he finds a way to correct the situation by [[JerkassFacade refusing to repair their few remaining ships]]. Without the ships, they will have no way to get the drug and will eventually realize they're not actually sick.
* ''[[Series/StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]]'': ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'': [[Wallbangers/StarTrekEnterprise "Dear Doctor"]]: Archer decides to let an entire species die from a disease that Phlox could cure so that another race on the planet could have an "evolutionary breakthrough."
6th Oct '15 10:55:38 AM Siri_und_Nana
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* In the ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'' episode "My brother's keeper", Hoss rides into town to get the life-saving medicine for his brother Joe. On his way home, Hoss is ambushed by some thugs who hold the medicine for ransom.
20th Aug '15 4:41:15 AM Kalaong
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*** ''Extremely'' [[ParanoiaFuel paranoia-inducing]] given that Jonas Salk, the man who annihilated Polio, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonas_Salk#AIDS_vaccine_work spent the last fifteen years of his life]] attempting to do the same to [=AIDS=] - but was unable to finish his research due to inability to get ''[[CorruptCorporateExecutive insurance]].''
20th Aug '15 4:35:50 AM Kalaong
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** More of an inspiration for the trope is the simple economic fact that drugs that suppress symptoms while leaving the body to fight a disease on its own are both cheaper to make and can be sold more often than outright cures - especially as many such symptoms are actually the body's effort to fight the disease; cold "medicine" suppresses coughing and sneezing, but this is meant to eject contaminants from the body in phlegm and mucus. Suppressing it makes colds last ''longer'' - and conveniently, buy more cold "medicine". Many drugs have been discovered that are significantly more effective than those commonly sold, but that very effectiveness means that fewer units of it ''can'' be sold. Add in that the better drugs are usually more expensive to manufacture, and they are almost impossible to find.
16th Aug '15 2:23:40 PM gemmabeta2
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** More of an inspiration for the trope is the simple economic fact that drugs that suppress symptoms while leaving the body to fight a disease on its own are both cheaper to make and can be sold more often than outright cures - especially as many such symptoms are actually the body's effort to fight the disease; cold "medicine" suppresses coughing and sneezing, but this is meant to eject contaminants from the body in phlegm and mucus. Suppressing it makes colds last ''longer'' - and conveniently, buy more cold "medicine". Many drugs have been discovered that are significantly more effective than those commonly sold, but that very effectiveness means that fewer units of it ''can'' be sold. Add in that the better drugs are usually more expensive to manufacture, and they are almost impossible to find.
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