Big Pharma-Profit is Job #1

by , under Big Pharma, Contemporary Cancer Topics, The Cancer Industry

This is the third installment of this video series on Big Pharma and how it operates.  The bottom line is that Big Pharma’s biggest priority is to make money, and everything else is secondary.  This video series is an illustration of this.  Cancer patients need to understand these facts before agreeing to any treatments that involve drugs, especially with drugs as toxic as chemotherapy.  If these people are this ruthless and profit-seeking with these drugs, how much confidence does that inspire in a patient who may be seen as nothing more than a profitable sale?

I am not accusing all physicians of being complicit in this.  Although they ought to know better, many physicians have been subjected to indoctrination by medical school educations that have been heavily influenced by Big Pharma.  So most doctors have a definite bias towards the use of drugs.  Even the highly intelligent physician will be very hesitant to go against the dogma and standard medical practices that call for heavy use of drugs.  Any physician that strays from conventional, approved treatments risks heavy punishments, sanctions, fines, imprisonment and loss of his license to practice medicine.

This video discusses the use of statins.  They are for cholesterol reduction, but are known to be dangerous.  Most pharmaceutical drugs are harmful, unfortunately.  This doesn’t slow down or stop the number of prescriptions though.

In addition, there are rampant conflicts-of-interest in the pharmaceutical and medical industries.  Many experts are not as impartial as we are led to believe, and can have financial ties to drug manufacturers.  Of course, none of this is disclosed to unsuspecting patients.

Pharmaceutical companies work to find new indications for drugs so that they can extend patent protection.  This can mean many millions of dollars in additional profits.  Not only do they push to have their drugs prescribed for new disorders, but they also attempt to create ailments for which their drugs can be prescribed.  One example is Paxil®.  It was first marketed as a treatment for depression, but was then pushed as a treatment for social anxiety disorder.  Many of these new disorders are questionable.  They may not even be disorders or diseases.  Restless leg syndrome is another one of these contrived disorders that serve as another excuse for physicians to write prescriptions to fatten the coffers of pharmaceutical corporations.

Another questionable move was for Eli Lilly to simply repackage their blockbuster drug, Prozac®, as Sarafem®.  Prozac® was used to treat depression.  Sarafem® is used to treat a new disorder called premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which may not even be a disorder, but a profit-driven creation to create an excuse to expand the market for Prozac®. They spend $30 million on a marketing and public relations campaign to create the market for Sarafem®.

In short, Big Pharma often works to use their creation of images, advertising ingenuity, and huge financial resources to create market demand where none may exist.  They do this to make many millions and billions of dollars in profit.  This can come at the expense of patients, as these pharmaceutical drugs are not innocuous.

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