"It is simply no longer possible to believe
much of the clinical
research that is published, or to rely on the judgement of trusted
physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this
conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an
editor of The New England Journal of Medicine." - Marcia Angell, MD,
"Drug Companies and Doctors: A story of Corruption" 1/15/09
"The atrocious system of poisoning, by poisons so
slow in their operation, as to make the victim appear, to ordinary observers,
as if dying from a gradual decay of nature, has been practiced in all ages." -
"Journalism awards consisting of cash prizes and
all-expense-paid trips given out by PHRMA are among the more
"astonishing" financial ties between journalists and PHRMA." - Roni
Caryn Rabin, 11/21/08
"PHRMA works hard to get their message out
to the public and physicians through advertisements and continuing medical
education and all the other things people hear about, so it makes sense they
would go after the media." - Dr. Steven Woloshin, Dartmouth Institute for
Health Policy Journalism First you must con-vince
the physician so 90% of the PHRMA marketing budget goes to selling
physicians on the benefits of using drugs to deal with any and all health
problems the patient may be experiencing.
The rest goes to advertising
to the general public.
2002 The New England
Journal of Medicine announces it will now accept journalists who accept
money from PHRMA because it is too difficult to find journalists who
have no ties to PHRMA.
Investigative journalists are referred to
a press liaison officer for information.
Press liaison officers
refer the journalist to experts
with favorable opinions and to patients whose opinions have been carefully
The Embrace Award for reporting
on urinary incontinence consists of trips to Washington, DC and Paris is
offered by PHRMA firms Eli Lilly and
Television programming produced for
physician waiting rooms serve as a platform for
advertising and yet that television programming is presented as
pleads guilty to violating the federal Prescription Drug Marketing Act,
paying $257 million including
a criminal fine
for its marketing of Cipro®.
2004 Pfizer admits criminal
marketing of Neurontin® and signs a settlement stating it will no
longer market drugs for non-FDA approved uses and pays a fine of $430 million
in criminal fines and civil
18 US Senators and 62 US Represenatives own stock in Pfizer.
Pfizer offers physicians up to
$1,000 a day to allow a salesperson to 'share' time according to a
whistleblower lawsuit filed by John Kopchinski.
PHRMA spending on advertising has more than
doubled from $11.4 billion in 1996 to $29.9 billion.
Eli Lilly pleads
guilty and pays $36 million for its illegal marketing of Evista® for
"It's an unbearable cost to a system that's going broke.
The Pfizer and
Lilly cases involved the illegal promotion of drugs that have been shown
to cause substantial harm and death to patients." - Jerry Avorn,
Harvard Medical School
2009 Pfizer settles for
$2.3 billion with the government over
off-label marketing for
non-FDA approved uses.
$1.3 billion criminal fine for kickbacks and
$1 billion is paid under the False Claims Act.
involved are Bextra® (an anti-inflammatory drug), Geodon® (an
antiPsychotic drug), Lipitor® (a cholesterol
drug), Norvasc® (anti-hypertensive drug), Viagra® (erectile
dysfunction), Zithromax® (antibiotic), Zyrtec® (antihistamine),
Zyvox® (an antibiotic), Lyrica® (an anti-epileptic drug), Relpax®
(anti-inflammatory drug), and Depo-provera® (birth control).
"A way to cut health-care costs is to change the
way medicine is practiced.
Most practitioners write expensive
prescriptions rather than address the real cause of most illness:
stress and unhealthy
life-style choices, not to mention poverty and lack of health care.
Sometimes the cheapest treatment (such as exercise, diet and
relaxation) is the most effective one." - Ellen Winer RN
"Doctors are taught that mistakes are unacceptable.
Medical mistakes are therefore viewed as a failure of character and any
error equals negligence.
No one is taught what to do when medical
errors do occur." - Gary Null, PhD; Martin Feldman, MD; Debora Rasio, MD;
Dorothy Smith, PhD; Carolyn Dean
"In the broader area of adverse drug reaction data,
the 250,000 reports received annually probably represent only 5% of the actual
reactions that occur." - Jerry Phillips, associate director FDA Office of Post
Marketing Drug Risk Assessment 2002 New England Journal of
Medicine: one in four patients suffer observable side effects from the over
3.34 billion prescriptions
The drugs with the
worst record of
side effects were selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs),
drugs (NSAIDs), and
calcium-channel blockers (decrease blood pressure or
One-in-20 autopsies uncover problems that could have
been averted - saving the patients' lives - but were not, owing to
60% of physician errors are diagnostic.
misdiagnoses is deemed negligent.
Lawsuits for misdiagnoses are about
twice as common as for drug-related errors and result in the biggest payouts by
"The American medical system is headed for multiple
The spiraling cost of healthcare is well known: $7,100 per
person this year, projected to increase to $12,000 in 2015 and compounding at
more than double the rate of
Medical care gobbles up one-sixth of the GDP.
Canada spends only 60% as much per person on healthcare as America.
Since 1980, the longevity of all Canadians has improved more rapidly
than that of white Americans, who typically have the best health care.
Britain spends only 40% as much as we do on healthcare.
According to the Journal of the American Medical
Association, middle-class insured Americans "are much less healthy than
their English counterparts".
Americans spend twice as much per person
on healthcare as the other 21 wealthiest countries and yet data from the World
Health Organization show that we live the shortest amount of time in good
America wasted more than $650 billion in 2005 on unnecessary
and often harmful care.
studies show that the more a healthcare system relies on primary care, the
better the outcomes and the lower the cost.
American medicine is heavy
on specialists and getting heavier.
In just the last eight years, the
number of graduates of American medical schools choosing careers in family
practice and adult primary care has plummeted by more than half.
healthcare system is designed to
US now relies entirely on market based,
No politician wants to be tarred with promoting
Even our nonprofit medical instiutions shape the
care they offer based on their own bottom lines instead of the health needs of
the communities they serve.
The Food and Drug
Administration is much better at protecting the interests of the
than those of patients." - John Abramson,
research, Harvard Medical
School, Overdosed America
|Generic Name (BRAND
||Date Withdrawn in
| Tegaserod (ZELNORM®)
| Rofecoxib (VIOXX®)
| Cerivastatin (BAYCOL®)
| Cisapride (PROPULSID®)
| Troglitazone (REZULIN®)
If you trust your doctor in prescribing the right drugs for
you, you might like to know that the
has started a new program to help bypass the caps on the price of drugs sold in
California related to workmen's compensation claims.
If these drugs are
bought through a prescription then the price controls kick in but if they are
sold directly to the individual by the doctor then the price controls do not
A doctor who prescribes a 90 tablet bottle of 800 milligram
ibuprofen can clear a profit of $65.50 on every bottle sold according to
DispenseXpress which buys drugs in quantities and repackages them for sale
One question: If a doctor has a
choice between two
medications to prescribe, has the opportunity to make a few bucks by
prescribing one and nothing by prescribing the other, which drug is he likely
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