reply to: JesseVentura
Ex pharma rep here. My very first post!
I am glad I am out. I must say that I wish I had done so sooner.
1st thing is that there are good drugs out there. Someone posted that if a person ate well, didn't smoke, and exercised, many of the top 10 drugs
would not be "blockbuster" (over $1billion/yr). I agree. Drugs for COPD, hyperlipidemia, type2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, autoimmune
diseases would be for those that had a genetic predisposition.
2nd thing is that, in my experience, the vast majority of docs prescribe what works, not what a drug rep wants them to write. There ARE docs that do
write what their friends (drug reps) ask them to try, and write them despite them being much more expensive and/or marginally better/similar in
One of my big criticism of the industry is that they are often unwilling to do head to head comparisons with usual therapy. Or, my favorite, is they
change the endpoints in their clinical studies so that there is no way to even compare the endpoints from the competitors' studies (it is not ethical
to compare the similar endpoints/results from separate studies anyway).
The drug industry often drives the creation of diagnoses, or at least makes a diagnosis sound like everyone has it. Have you seen the LOW-T
commercials? I have all of those symptoms but not LOW-T.
I will say that some commercials can at least let a person know they may have a certain disorder, and be a benefit. Like herpes...or at least let a
doctor know you are having a symptom that you might not have otherwise told them about. In my experience, many good docs will take a patient coming
into the office asking for an expensive, advertised medicine, and treat them with an appropriate, cost effective treatment.
The big difference in the newer drugs is that they are taken less times/day and are more tolerable, less side effects. It used to be that a person
with hypertension (HTN) would take a drug 4x/day and have bad side effects. They would stop taking the meds. Now, new HTN mess are taken 1x/day and
have little to no known side effects. Compliance and efficacy go way up when a product works and doesn't make you feel crappy. There are now generics
of these medicines making it affordable.
It used to be that we would take docs to speaker training meetings in the nicest places available. Bermuda, marina deal ray, south beach, mountain
chalets, just to get them out there to sell THEM the drug,so we could pay them to sell to OTHER DOCS. Now, it is done via face time or Skype. But we
did spend a great deal of money on these programs with marginal benefit to mankind.
My big problem is with the government that created an upside down nutrition guide...Americans eat WAY TOO MUCH carbohydrate. And what does the
nutrition guide have at the bottom of the pyramid? What companies make/enhance these products? Archer Daniels Midland, Monsanto....and who benefits
from this food pyramid? ADM, Monsanto, Pharma.
Pharma companies have created a "we have a pill/shot/inhaler/suppository for that" mentality. My uncle says he takes Lipitor so that he can eat prime
rib. WHAT??? Just like obamacare, that doesn't provide any incentive to taking care of yourself, drug companies need you "hooked" on their medicines
for them to be profitable. But we NEED them to be profitable to invest in the next generation of needed products.
While I have your attention, I would like to ask the question...have pharmaceuticals taken away the pain of life to the extent that we are becoming
less human? Doesn't the human experience include our travels through difficult times? If we simply take an antidepressant, are we missing out on the
triumph of overcoming adversity?
Just a thought.
edit on 25-5-2015 by Luv328ic because: (no reason given)