25 shocking facts about Pharmaceutical companys
to all the people that think pills are the way to go take a look at some of these facts and tell me they have your best interests at mind.
here are some highlights.
Your health care provider may have an ulterior motive behind your prescription: In 2007, the St. Petersburg Times reported that drug reps often
give gifts to convince medical professionals to prescribe the medications that they represent. Dr. James P. Orlowski tries to teach his students that
interaction with drug reps is not in the best interests of patients. Even though many doctors may believe solicitation from drug reps is unethical or
at the very least impractical, gifts like free meals, pens, posters, books, and free samples are offered to physicians in an effort to influence their
Drug reps often have no medical or science education: Is it safe for physicians to assume that the professionals they meet with to discuss new
medications and prescription recommendations for their patients actually have backgrounds in medicine or science? According to ABC News, it's not. A
former drug rep for the pharmaceutical company Eli Lily, Shahram Ahari testified before Congress, saying that "pharmaceutical companies hire former
cheerleaders and ex-models to wine and dine doctors, exaggerate the drug's benefits and underplay their side-effects." He also explained that he was
taught "how to exceed spending limits for important clients...[by] using friendships and personal gifts" and to "exploit sexual tension."
Toxins found in drugs exported from China: A top story in the spring of 2007 centered around Zheng Xiaoyu, a Chinese drug czar who was sentenced
to death "after admitting that he took bribes while running the country's Food & Drug Administration between 1998 and 2005," when he served as
commissioner. According to The New York Times, "every year, thousands of people [in China] are sickened or killed because of rampant counterfeiting
and tainted food and drugs."
Combined wealth of top 5 pharmaceutical companies outweighs GNP of sub-Saharan Africa.: Corporate Watch shows the public just how much wealth big
pharmaceutical companies have, even on a global scale. Their report references The Guardian, which found that "the combined worth of the world’s
top five drug companies is twice the combined GNP of all sub-Saharan Africa and their influence on the rules of world trade is many times stronger
because they can bring their wealth to bear directly on the levers of western power."
Americans pay more for prescription meds than anyone else in the world: The Media Matters website analyzes a 60 Minutes interview between
correspondent Bob Simon and then Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona. During the segment, Carmona maintains that Americans pay more for brand name
prescriptions than anyone else in the world because of the hefty price associated with "the research and development of drugs." See point number 3
on this list, which points out that drug companies pay more on advertising and marketing than they do on research and development.
Some drug companies are taking advantage of underdeveloped countries to perform clinical trials: Wired.com reports that India is becoming a more
attractive place for drug companies to run clinical trials and test out new drugs. The article explains, "more and more drug companies are conducting
clinical trials in developing countries where government oversight is more lax and research can be done for a fraction of the cost." Controversy is
starting to build over the trend, however, as one expert explains. Sean Philpott, managing editor of The American Journal of Bioethics, reveals to
Wired.com that such practices may be unfair, as "individuals who participate in Indian clinical trials usually won't be educated. Offering $100 [as
payment for their participation] may be undue enticement; they may not even realize that they are being coerced."
this one is a shocker though good for them, unless it was just a way to launder money
Pharmaceutical Companies donated millions to Hurricane Katrina relief programs: Americans are used to bashing pharmaceutical companies, just as
they criticize health insurance companies, rising gas prices and monopolies. It may come as a shock, then, to discover the philanthropic efforts
undertaken by big drug companies. Medical News Today writes that companies like Abbott, Eli Lilly, Merck, Pfizer and others have donated millions of
dollars in cash and supplies to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
its all a scam, kind like back in the day when traveling salesmen would stand up on there soapboxes and sell there new supreme elixir that will cure
back pain and improve eyesight at the same time, now they set up in docter offices and sell there worthless pills.