Identify The Ethical Dilemma Faced By Acme And The Dilemma Faced By Beta

Identify the ethical dilemma faced by Acme, and the dilemma faced by Beta. Use two theories of ethical thoughts (utilitarianism, deontology, or virtue ethics) to discuss the recommended course of action by both companies in the case below.


Six months ago, Acme, Inc. received a patent on a drug that will provide immortality to all. Acme’s president has publicly stated he has no plans to market the drug. Beta, Inc. copies the drug and releases it on the market. Beta makes no profit on the sale of this drug and only charges enough to cover its costs in manufacturing.