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In the 1800's there were snake oil salesmen. In the 21st Century there are drug manufacturers. And the price has gone up. No wonder. Advertising is verrrrry expensive. Drug companies are spending millions on advertising drugs that only a doctor can prescribe. Insurance will cover it. It's gotta be a conspiracy between the insurance companies and the drug companies. And, possibly, government agencies.
Originally posted by ANOK
It's the pharmaceutical industry that keep marijuana illegal.
Originally posted by ANOK
I'm pretty sure there is a conspiracy because for capitalism to survive it has to constantly find new, or maintain the present markets. And I'm sure the big corporations have found some interesting ways to do that. Interesting but cold, calculating and uncaring.
CBS) If you have ever wondered why the cost of prescription drugs in the United States are the highest in the world or why it's illegal to import cheaper drugs from Canada or Mexico, you need look no further than the pharmaceutical lobby and its influence in Washington, D.C.
According to a new report by the Center for Public Integrity, congressmen are outnumbered two to one by lobbyists for an industry that spends roughly a $100 million a year in campaign contributions and lobbying expenses to protect its profits.
60 Minutes tells the story of how pharmaceutical industry lobbyists literally wrote the historic Medicare Prescription Drug Bill and twisted arms to get the necessary votes to have it passed in the middle of the night. Correspondent Steve Kroft documents how many of the congressmen and staffers who worked on the bill later went on to work for the drug companies their legislation helped enrich.
Pharmaceutical medicine, as practiced today, is a grand medical hoax involving the mainstream media, the FDA, drug companies, medical journals, medical schools and even M.D.s. They've all quietly agreed to do whatever it takes to maximize profits at the expense of public health, regardless of the science or the ethics involved. So-called "evidence-based medicine" has become modern-day quackery. Statin drugs, for example, have now been proven to offer absolutely no medical benefit whatsoever to women, with zero reduction in the risk of heart attacks or strokes. HRT drugs have been scientifically proven to actually cause breast cancer and heart attacks, not prevent them. Antidepressant drugs cause diabetes, and diabetes drugs cause liver damage. I could go on, but you get the point.
All of this is of absolutely no concern to the FDA and drug companies, who just keep pushing these toxic chemicals through blatantly fraudulent TV advertisements that are extremely effective at selling products, but utterly useless at improving peoples' health.