Doctors and Pharmaceuticals: A Trillion Dollar Business

It's common knowledge that pharmaceutical companies frequently send drugs to doctors for them to distribute to their patients free of charge.  These same companies also hold seminars and courses that are not monitored for objectivity and may not be relevant to the doctor's specialties.  There is a required disclosure of who finances a course and any ties to corporate sponsors. These classes are taught by pharma funded specialist often MDs for hire. Doctors are required to sit through these seminars and answer a quiz just to keep their state licenses and sometimes their malpractice insurance policies.  TV and radio spots that encourage listeners to ask your doctor if drugs X Y and Z are right for you are also paid for by the same corporation who taught the doctors at their unmonitored courses.  Long ago, pharmaceutical companies were not allowed to advertise. Promoting new products was the doctors.  The pharmaceutical companies had to give specific information to the doctors in order for them to prescribe a new drug.  Now the market it saturated with new drugs, it is much more difficult for doctors to keep up with the product and find out which are best to help their patients.

Prescription drugs, use as directed, Kill 100,000 Americans per year, from known side effects.  More than twice as many deaths as from auto accidents, reported melody Petersen, New York Times.  Medications are dangerous.

Doctors need to question the verbiage and veracity of the pharmaceutical because the primary motivation of the pharmaceutical companies is selling a product.  AxtraZenica, Glaxo SmithKline, Squibb, Eli lilly, Shire and others are all in business to make money for their investors.  The responsibility of these firms is to market drugs, not to dispense information about the drug and their potential side effects to the general public.

This environment does not encourage doctors or patients to make informed decisions.  In the eyes of the pharmaceuticals, this is a business for the good of the company.

Americans spend $307.5 billon on pharmaceutical drugs in 2012. Pharmaceuticals need more regulation but  a federal appeals court turned away the FDA's bid for oversight of the industry on the grounds of freedom of speech. This ruling keeps the clam of pharmaceutical companies above scrutiny with not guarantee their products can do what they claim to do.

As the patient we must research the drugs anyone proposes we use.  We can not let ourselves be persuaded by advertisement or publicity to take a product we might not even benefit from.  Following healthtful diet and exercise program is the best basis for life free of disease and drugs.  There is information available to us regarding benefits and determents of the product. We must take it upon ourselves to find out if the product would truly help in our search for good health and a great life.

I encourage you to check out the following moves on Netflix to learn more about the pharmaceutical companies.

The Gerson Miracle

The New Medicine

Food Matters

Food Inc

Bruzynski- Cancer is serious business

Reference:

Doctors and Pharmaceuticals by Dallas Lasalle Hippocrates Health Institute Volume 32 Issue 2