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Title: The journey and the goal
Authors: Farrugia, Claude
Keywords: Pharmacology -- Periodicals
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Euromed Communications Ltd.
Citation: Farrugia, C. (2015). Editorial: “The journey and the goal”. European Industrial Pharmacy, 26, 3.
Abstract: An oft-cited oriental story describes a student who asked his teacher, “How long will it take me to master your discipline?” The teacher replied, “Ten years.” The student said, “If I work twice as hard, how long will it take then?” “Twenty years.” answered the teacher. Again the student said, “But if I work really hard, night and day, how long will it take me?” The teacher responded, “Thirty years.” The student was confused, “How is it that if I work harder, you say that it will take longer?” The teacher replied, “Because when you keep one eye on the goal, you only have one eye with which to find the way.” The moral of the story, namely, that the journey is more important than the destination, is perhaps difficult to apply in the pharmaceutical industry. How else, if not by keeping in mind that the goal of maintaining the highest standards of good practices is to guarantee patient safety, does one find the courage and justification to face the consequences of suspending the marketing authorisations of hundreds of medicinal products due to flawed studies?
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