Schering-Plough VP: No need to test drugs for safety because dying suddenly is "quick, cheap, and painless."
It says a lot that Schering-Plough would (a) make this guy VP of Clinical Research and Medical & Safety Services, and (b) send him to a meeting at the FDA regarding testing drugs for cardiovascular safety.
Enrico Veltri, a group vice president at Schering-Plough (nyse: SGP - news - people ), objected soon after. "Perhaps having renal dialysis or going blind is worse than dying suddenly, which is quick, cheap and painless," he said.
Veltri was objecting to a proposal to force drug companies like his to have to do additional testing of diabetes drugs for cardiovascular safety. He seems to think that it's ok if you die suddenly from these drugs as long as you died with fully functioning kidneys and eyes.
As a friend of mine said: "Dying, brought to you by the people who made Vytorin. Dying: Quick, Cheap, Painless. Schering-Plough."