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…the vast majority of hospitals nationwide are experiencing life-threatening shortages of medicines. …price gougers are selling scarce medicines at obscene prices. …a blood pressure medication that normally sells for $25.90 being offered for $1,200 - a 4,533 percent markup. Mark-ups have been as high as 3,980 percent for chemotherapy medicines to treat leukemia, and 3,170 percent for medicines to help cancer patients retain bone marrow.
These aren't rare examples. …
Production delays and quality issues have led to nationwide shortfalls that could mean the difference between life and death.
The affected medications include chemotherapy drugs and treatments for allergies and hypertension. Also on the list are pain medication and drugs to treat heart conditions.
The Food and Drug Administration saw a record number of shortages in 2010, and there are more supply problems this year, particularly among generic sterile injectables. …
Contributing to the shortages are production delays and quality issues, … The FDA also said too few manufacturers are producing the older and widely used generic(s)…
…Many companies choose not to produce these products because they are not as profitable as other drugs and manufacturing them is complex…
99.5% of Hospitals Report Drug Shortages
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has called the recent rash of shortages “unprecedented.” …
The AHA says that 99.5% of the 820 community hospitals that responded to the group’s June survey reported experiencing at least one drug shortage in the past six months. A full 44% reported shortages of 21 or more different drugs.
All treatment categories were affected, hospitals said, with 80% or more respondents experiencing shortages of surgery/anesthesia, emergency care, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal/nutrition, pain or infectious disease drugs. And 66% of hospitals reported shortages of cancer drugs. Some 47% of hospitals reported experiencing a shortage of at least one drug on a daily basis.
I believe we will continue to see the impact of corporate greed accelerating in our most basic needs - healthy food, water, air/environment, and critical services -
and what can be more critical than medical care?
Why we ever based such core human needs within a for-profit mindset is beyond me. I know their are many out there who believe the "free market" can solve everything if left alone. To them I would say there is one critical area that the free market has never in history solved - GREED.
So, what's it going to look like once the Obamacare is in full effect?
Is this where the panels of medical decision makers come in? Will they be deciding who gets medicine?
I just can't think it would be any other way. Seriously.
Originally posted by whyamIhere
With millions of people worldwide depending on medication.
What better way is there to control you?
This stuff scares me more than any distant rock...
Originally posted by Unity_99
We're not having shortages. Must be a privatization thing.
List of drugs in short supply in Canada grows longer
Health Canada has added 16 more drugs to its list of …drugs in short supply across the country — including several drugs used for chemotherapy.
…the Canadian Pharmacists Association said the problem of drug shortages has been an ongoing issue for more than a year.
"It's become a definite concern for pharmacists and for patients," said Jeff Morrison, spokesman for the CPA.
At a January meeting with the health minister, the Canadian Pharmacists Association recommended Canada develop a nationwide monitoring system similar to one in the U.S. which keeps track of drugs on the shortage list.
At the moment there is no database in Canada which logs the extent of shortages, how long they will last and which drugs are affected, Morrison said.
By the way, any country can force their pharmaceuticals to create the right meds with bills.
Health Canada has no way to punish or to prosecute drug manufacturers who fail to produce an agreed-upon quantity of drugs, said Morrison. "It's beyond their regulatory scope . . . so it's really a matter of bringing all the stakeholders within that drug supply chain to the table to figure it out," he said.
Thats appropriate use of bills, protecting the public and guaranteeing good low cost or free services.
Why would a drug company do this...play with the health and safety of consumers.
War Against the Weak
In the first three decades of the 20th Century, American corporate philanthropy combined with prestigious academic fraud to create the pseudoscience eugenics that institutionalized race politics as national policy. The goal: create a superior, white, Nordic race and obliterate the viability of everyone else. How? By identifying so-called "defective" family trees and subjecting them to legislated segregation and sterilization programs. The victims: poor people, brown-haired white people, African Americans, immigrants, Indians, Eastern European Jews, the infirm and really anyone classified outside the superior genetic lines drawn up by American raceologists. The main culprits were the Carnegie Institution, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Harriman railroad fortune, in league with America's most respected scientists hailing from such prestigious universities as Harvard, Yale and Princeton, operating out of a complex at Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island. The eugenic network worked in tandem with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the State Department and numerous state governmental bodies and legislatures throughout the country, and even the U.S. Supreme Court. ...
In the early half of the 20th century, petrochemical giants organized a coup on the medical research facilities, hospitals and universities. The Rockefeller family sponsored research and donated sums to universities and medical schools which had drug based research..... In 1939 a "Drug Trust" alliance was formed by the Rockefeller empire and the German chemical company IG Farben (Bayer). After World War Two, IG Farben was dismantled but later emerged as separate corporations within the alliance. Well known companies included General Mills, Kellogg, Nestle, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Procter and Gamble, Roche and Hoechst (Sanofi-Aventis).
The Rockefeller empire, in tandem with Chase Manhattan Bank (now JP Morgan Chase), owns over half of the pharmaceutical interests in the United States. It is the largest drug manufacturing combine in the world. Since WWII, the pharmaceutical industry has steadily netted increasing profits to become the world's second largest manufacturing industry;
The Rockefeller Foundation was originally set up in 1904 as the General Education Fund. The RF was later formed in 1910 and issued a charter in 1913 with the help of Rockefeller millions. Subsequently, the foundation placed it's own "nominees" in federal health agencies and set the stage for the "reeducation" of the public. A compilation of magazine advertising reveals that as far back as 1948, larger American drug companies spent a total sum of $1,104,224,374 for advertising. Of this sum, Rockefeller-Morgan interests (which went entirely to Rockefeller after Morgan's death) controlled about 80%.  See also AMA.
IG Farben & Auschwitz
Auschwitz was the largest mass extermination factory in human history. However, few people are aware that Auschwitz was a 100% subsidiary of IG Farben....
After WWII, IG Farben attempted to shake its abominable image through corporate restructuring and renaming. So great has been their success that the public has no idea that it many of the men responsible for such atrocities, were able to carry on their work even after the collapse of the Nazi regime. Namely, a medical paradigm that relies almost exclusively highly toxic drugs. Such men were in control of the large chemical and pharmaceutical companies, both well before and after Hitler. The Nuremberg Tribunal convicted 24 IG Farben board members and executives on the basis of mass murder, slavery and other crimes. Incredibly, most of them had been released by 1951 and continued to consult with German corporations. The Nuremberg Tribunal dissolved IG Farben into Bayer, Hoechst and BASF, each company 20 times as large as IG Farben in 1944. For almost three decades after WWII, BASF, Bayer and Hoechst (Aventis) filled their highest position, chairman of the board, with former members of the Nazi regime. Bayer has been sued by survivors of medical experiments...