The pharmaceutical complex and health care
The following is a public document that praises the great business of the top pharma giants. After reading this, you will think twice before buying more meds.
An English proverb says, 'Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.' Well, the American 'patient' and taxpayer has been fooled for decades and keeps getting fooled over and over. So, if you ask me, is a health care reform really necessary? You tell me.
Pharma corporations spend exorbitant amounts on marketing and advertising every year, in fact, some of them more than twice of what they spend on R&D. This is all paid for by the end user. Pharmaceutical marketing, sometimes called medico-marketing or pharma marketing, should be limited strongly and its statements/facts controlled and verified, as it already is in some countries. This is the business of advertising or otherwise promoting the sale of pharmaceuticals or drugs. It does nothing for either patient or R&D, but billions are being spent every year for it, or to convince YOU that you need it or that it is good for you. If the products were worth their price, doctors and patients would spread the word for free. It is the age of the internet, good things go viral. The pharma industry adds this to the cost of 'making' the drug, this reduces transparency and seemingly 'reduces' profits.
Many countries have measures in place to limit advertising by pharmaceutical companies.
I wonder how many people are actually aware of how the pharma industry works. I mean, in most industrialised countries, health care budgets are at the top of the priority list, as well as at the top of the spending list. (the US spend 40% of all health care spending, wile the US system barely ranks within the top 20. Patients are being ripped off as they are suffering on their death beds, literally.
But we have more problems announcing themself. The emergence of so called 'super-bugs', bacteria that have developed a total resistance to all antibiotics, the illnesses they cause are therefor no longer curable, and will not be until we develop 'miracle drugs'.
So, In the face of global antibiotics ineffectiveness, what do you do every day to protect yourself, if anything?
overuse of antibiotics in food producing livestock are an increasing problem, are you willing to cut down on meat consumption?
Are you aware of the fact, but don't believe it'll be a problem for you? Why?
You have heard of this, but don't believe it, Why do you not believe it??
BigPharma profits, especially in the US continue to soar, selling drugs for all and anything at horrendous prices, and at an even higher cost to the patient/user/consumer/taxpayer. Do you believe profit margins from commercial drug production should be limited?
Do you believe, ways to lead a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, which also promotes fair trade, and social peace, should be taught in elementary schools already?
Are you aware of the fact, that 'legal' pharma industry is harming, and getting more people addicted than all illicit drugs together? Yet they are even politically pushed and supported by lobbies.
Alexander Somm, 7th July, 2017