There are various people who describe the extent to which Big Pharma has infested the entire medical research process, as well as the regulatory function. It has devolved into a big circus where the ringmasters and workers all share in the profits, all at the expense of the audience and the joke is on the unwitting patients who actually think that they are being given the most advanced, benevolent, modern medical care available. This is obviously not the case.
Before 1980, most drug research was performed by university professors. After 1991, the drug studies were starting to be performed by Big Pharma companies. It was either performed by their employed scientists, or was funded by pharmaceutical companies. There is one glaring problem with this arrangement. This put the entire research process under the control of Big Pharma companies that stood to gain from releasing their drugs on schedule, and with no obstacles such as pesky toxicity and bad side effects.
Although the physician in the video said that it wasn’t a problem for pharmaceutical companies to control the entire drug research process, I do not agree. It is very naivé to think that these pharmaceutical drug manufacturers would be totally honest & objective in their research process with many billions of dollars on the line. Remember that the prime directive of any pharmaceutical company is to make as much profit as absolutely possible. Corporations do not have a conscience or anything more pressing than to make the maximum profits. So what do you think they would do with complete control of the research apparatus?
The result is that research that is funded by Big Pharma is 5 times more likely to be favorable to the drug being studied than independent research. And with all of the billions of dollars being passed around, very few researchers or physicians are going to want to be cut off from the ‘Manna from Big Pharma heaven’. This creates a tremendous bias. This also makes it very difficult to judge the safety and efficacy of any pharmaceutical drug.
Big Pharma controls so much of the entire process that it has been given carte blanche with respect to the entire research process. In fact, they do not even have to report or share the raw data with anyone! So you actually have a situation whereby a university researcher can perform experiments, and not even be able to view the data he has generated in the study! They have used their influence to actually get laws passed that make all of their research trade secrets. This is the epitome of madness. And your beloved FDA, which receives a lot of funding from Big Pharma, does not report all drug deaths that it learns about.
If that wasn’t bad enough, it came to light a few years ago that many articles are ghostwritten by pharmaceutical writers, but esteemed university professors & leading physicians are paid to sign their names to them as authors. Sounds like plagiarism to me. This is done to lend more credibility to the writing. But when everybody’s doing it, I guess that would make one a fool not to partake of the money being passed around to all of the participants. Did you think that the people that are a part of this are going to inform you of these things when they give you pharmaceutical drugs to take?
The sum of all of these shenanigans is that it has turned all of this research from scientific to mere marketing passing for science. This is why I frown when I hear people speak of ‘hard science’ when they talk about Big Pharma things being reported, or when these same people claim that there is no science or research to prove that alternative medicine has any value. It appears that there is no science being done on much of anything these days.
It kind of reminds me of a movie called Idiocracy, where the people were so stupid that they actually believed the marketing messages that they were being fed. They thought that a fruit punch drink was good (just like they said on the commercial), so they tried to use it to water the crops in the fields and they were perplexed when all of the plants stopped growing.
Now, we just promote poisons as medicines and wonder why there are growing epidemics of cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and others. But we have more drugs and modern research than we’ve ever had. The more drugs and modern medicine we pay for, the more sickness we get. Correlation does not prove causation, but it doesn’t disprove it either. It’s an individual choice, but you have been given the information that should be a start to you doing your own research. Don’t be a profit center for Big Pharma, if you can help it.