Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Pharmaceutical Giants

Pharmaceutical giants are growing exceedingly more corruptive. Today it seems that everyone relating to drugs are on their payroll. 75% of the world's prescription drug usage takes place among Americans, despite accounting for only 5% of the world's population. So why do we digest so many medications? It's because 9 out of 10 of the biggest pharmaceutical companies spend more money on marketing than research and development. That's what drugs are about to these companies: getting you to take as much as possible. They are not as concerned with working well once you have purchased them.
The drug companies do everything they can to keep regulations in their field down and doctors prescribing drugs. On Jon Oliver's show, there is an interview with a former sales representative for a pharmaceutical in which he says that reps bring in free lunch for the doctors everyday. It's pretty hard not to recommend a drug to a patient when you're eating lunch paid for by the sale of that very drug. Drug companies even pay doctors to market their drugs to other doctors giving them the title, "thought leader", which is an incredibly vague term. They clearly are not the leader in any thought if they are saying to other doctors whatever the pharmaceutical giants are telling them to say.
The aloof and immoral spending of drug companies' money do not end there. The organization mainly responsible for the health of the general, the CDC, received over $12 million dollars in funding in 2014 from corporations. Genentech used their donation of $600,000 to sway the CDC's decision into allowing looser testing and treatment guidelines for viral hepatitis. Genentech manufactures testing and treatment kits for Hepatitis C. Coincidence? I think not. The CDC is just as responsible for receiving money as Genentech is for essentially bribing them. The CDC is even forbid to conduct research that would cut a company's profits. This specific law was lobbied in congress by congressmen on the payroll of pharmaceutical companies.
These loopholes allowing pharmaceutical companies to buy doctor's opinions and bribe health organizations are results of the larger issue of lobbying, which allows companies with the most spending money to fight for favorable laws and fight against disadvantageous ones, essentially allowing them to control and play a part in government using their sellout puppet congressmen.Image result for cdc

1 comment:

  1. Rudy, Though your total # of posts is low this quarter, this is a strong post. You offer some startling stats and a clear, cynical voice. Do doctors get a free pass in this analysis? Must be hard not to prescribe (sometimes) ineffective medicine to your patients if you're getting a free lunch?!