It was 2050 when scientists discovered a pill that can temporarily "pause" the change of a condition. After taking it orally, the condition of the patient stays unchanged for some time. Their situation doesn't worsen nor does it gets better on its own. It provides more time for emergency situations, providing 5 more minutes on average for doctors to react for some life threatening situations and sometimes an hour in less severe cases.
The pill is quite expensive to produce (about 10000 2022's US dollars per pill), therefore limited tests have been done, espencially when taking it continuously. However, some celebrities have been taking it for several years everyday in hope of being young and healthy forever. So far, the public has seen no change of their appearance nor their health.
There have been recorded incidents of children stealing these pills. Some confess they want their grandparents with Alzheimer's to remember their names a day longer. Some say they don't want to grow up.
Unfortunately, as every good technology did, this pill has been heavily abused. Due to its relatively taste/odorless nature, it can be served to targets who are already wounded as a mean to continue their suffering without their notice by spraying the powder into spicy foods. Fatally wounded targets just suffer for longer before they die. Targets with painful but nonfatal wounds are often kept in their wounded state indefinitely by being served with this type of food everyday. It is very hard to prove this pill was used by measures like blood tests, urines after the target is released, so it has been wildly abused by countless organizations, underground or not.
Question: Is the pill satisfying the above properties (especially the bold parts) possible to develop within the specified timeframe? (i.e: Are similar efforts already underway?)
You are free to give the pill to the person using other means in life threatening cases, but it has to work orally for other cases.
You are free to give the pill a limit as to how long it can extend lifespan but it has to be more than 200 years.
Edit: Magic is not allowed.
For making the fatally wounded live longer, providing blood externally is allowed.
Organizations using this pill to keep targets in a wounded state are smart enough to not administer it in the final days of keeping the target, so you can assume it has enough time to disappear. As long as it doesn't change the body permanently, it is fine.
It doesn't prevent infection, burns, or anything like that. It would slow down infections but do nothing if the patient is contacting fire. Even worse, it slows down healing sometimes to a halt in nonfatal cases of burning.
If this is still too magical, limiting it to physical wounds and aging (which doesn't need to be completely stopped, see above) is okay, too. I'll just have to write the story around that limitation.
The reason why I required this to be available in 2050 is to make sure we have a society that is similar to the society we have now, in order to demonstrate the socioeconomical effect. If there is a way of demonstrating the similarity of the society to our society, the time requirement can be void.