History Main / WithholdingTheCure

12th Jun '16 5:52:23 PM nombretomado
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* TAO of ''WildCATs'' claims to have the cures for AIDS and all forms of cancer, as well as a genetic patent on a strain of corn that will end world hunger forever. He uses these as bargaining chips when he gets in trouble. [[spoiler:Majestic doesn't care.]]

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* TAO of ''WildCATs'' ''ComicBook/WildCATs'' claims to have the cures for AIDS and all forms of cancer, as well as a genetic patent on a strain of corn that will end world hunger forever. He uses these as bargaining chips when he gets in trouble. [[spoiler:Majestic doesn't care.]]
12th May '16 12:14:59 AM Killerikala
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** In the ending, [[spoiler: Batman seemingly considers this due to the unstoppable cycle of prison breaks and deaths Joker always causes. Batman was willing to give him the cure, but Joker stabbed Bats on the shoulder before revealing this. This results in Batman dropping and accidentally destroying the cure. [[NeverMyFault Joker blames Batman for this]], but finds the fact that Bats was ready to cure him humorous, and dies laughing. As there were no witnesses, most thugs in Gotham believe that Batman withheld the cure on purpose.]]
** In the Season of Infamy DLC in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', [[spoiler: players can choose to let Ra's die by destroying the last Lazarus on earth.]]
9th May '16 12:13:19 AM thatother1dude
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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_syphilis_experiment Tuskegee syphilis experiment]]. A clinical study run by the US government for ''fifty years'' on the progression of syphilis in southern Blacks. When the study started, it involved treating syphilis with an expensive and not very effective treatment. When the funding got reduced, they couldn't afford the treatment. Instead, they just continued to study the patients, while telling them they were being treated so they could study the progression of the disease, without informing them exactly what they had. Then, during the course of the study, a cheap and effective cure (penicillin) became available, but the doctors in charge realized that curing the patients would put an end to their research. Not only did they withhold treatment, but ''they refused to tell the subjects what they were sick with'', allowing the disease to spread in the process.
** It's also a case of PyrrhicVillainy. The experiment pretty much destroyed any future attempts at Scientific Racism. It showed that black people also were affected by the disease exactly the same that white people were. Before this it was almost accepted that white people were medically different from black people and therefore superior or such nonsense.

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* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuskegee_syphilis_experiment Tuskegee syphilis experiment]]. A clinical study run by the US government for ''fifty years'' on the progression of syphilis in southern Blacks. When the study started, it involved treating syphilis with an expensive and not very effective treatment. When the funding got reduced, they couldn't afford the treatment. Instead, they just continued to study the patients, while telling them they were being treated so they could study the progression of the disease, without informing them exactly what they had. Then, during the course of the study, a cheap and effective cure (penicillin) became available, but the doctors in charge realized that curing the patients would put an end to their research. Not only did they withhold treatment, but ''they refused to tell the subjects what they were sick with'', allowing the disease to spread in the process.
** It's also a case of PyrrhicVillainy. The experiment
process. [[PyrrhicVillainy This pretty much destroyed any future attempts at Scientific Racism. using science to justify racism.]] It showed that black people also were affected by the disease exactly the same that white people were. Before this it was almost accepted that white people were medically different from black people and therefore superior or such nonsense.
5th May '16 8:17:44 AM Kalaong
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* The first season of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' deals with this in the form of the Murai Vaccine, a cure for a disease called cyber brain sclerosis, and the various conspiracies at work to keep the vaccine from being approved for the general public while the wealthy and powerful can have it administered to them in secrecy.

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* The first season of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' deals with this in the form of the Murai Vaccine, a cure for a otherwise-incurable disease called cyber brain cyberbrain sclerosis, and the various conspiracies at work to keep the vaccine from being approved for the general public in favor of {{Nanomachine}}-based treatments - ''ineffective'' ones that nonetheless serve as excellent [[TestedOnHumans test cases]] for technologies that help JapanTakesOverTheWorld. One such is a subversion of the [[spoiler:EnhanceButton]]. Worst part? {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and {{Corrupt Politician}}s use it freely in secrecy, saving themselves while using the wealthy and powerful can have it administered to them in secrecy.citizenry as guinea pigs.
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."
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