Posts Tagged ‘Big Pharma’
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Fact is, “ObamaCare” – which is properly known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA for short – though it’s monikered with POTUS Obama’s name, was largely a Republican brainchild from the über-conservative Heritage Institution.
The cornerstone of the act is predicated upon two items which are the very heart of the act: 1.) Guaranteed Coverage, and; 2.) Community Rating.
In was, in essence Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, June 27, 2013
If you had an option, would you rather pay $10/month, or $80/month for a prescription medication that accomplished/did the exact same thing?
Research shows that the results of the 2 differently priced medicines have never been shown to be any better in any way.
Which would you choose?
What if your doctor prescribed the more expensive medication for you based on the fact that Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Do you feel like we do, Dr. Who?, - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News | Tagged: $62 billion, abuse, ACA, Affordable Care Act, Archives of Internal Medicine, avarice, Big Pharma, biotech, blood pressure, cardiology, cheat, crime, DO, doctor, drug, elderly, ethics, Forest Laboratories, fraud, GPO, greed, group purchasing organizations, health, healthcare, honesty, kickback, law, lie, manufacturers, MD, Medicaid, Medical device, Medicare, medication, medicine, money, Obamacare, patient, pharmaceutical, physician, PPACA, ProPublica, steal, taxes, taxpayer, teaching hospital, Thomas Aquinas, waste | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, September 8, 2012
A few points for the reader to consider:
This fraud was national in scope, involving a $3 BILLION settlement, of which the North Carolina Attorney General was able to recoup $31.8M. Pfizer, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Forest Labs, Eli Lilly, Astrazeneca have also all plead guilty to deceptive and fraudulent marketing. It’s very likely a drop in the bucket in comparison with the greater scope.
The four most expensive Pharmacy frauds in the United States history have occurred since George W. Bush oversaw the rewriting of the Medicare Part D drug benefit in 2003. In order of their value, they are:
GlaxoSmithKline – $3 Billion, 2012
Pfizer – $2.3 Billion, 2009
Abbott Laboratories – $1.5 Billion, 2012
Eli Lilly – $1.4 Billion, 2009
The so-called “doughnut hole” in the Medicare prescription Part D drug plan was closed by President Obama. That “doughnut hole” was created under the George W. Bush administration, who caved in to lobbyists from BIG PHARMA, and allowed them to write much of that aspect of the 2003 revision of the Medicare Part D law (also known as the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act (MMA), and refused to allow Medicaid the opportunity to bargain for prices with pharmaceutical firms.
Advertising is expensive. Advertising for medications on television, radio, Internet, magazines, billboards, buses, and any other place where advertising is sold, is illegal in some nations. It was once illegal in the United States, until the 1980’s when the FDA OK’d it under pressure from the Reagan administration.
IMS Health, a medical data firm, calculates that drug companies’ business in the United States alone earns more than $300 billion a year.
Last year, GSK had $20 Billion gross profits on $27 Billion in revenue. So don’t let anyone EVER fool you into believing that drug companies don’t make enough money, don’t have enough profits, or enough profit margin.
Pharmaceutical companies spent Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home., - Read 'em and weep: The Daily News | Tagged: abuse, BIG MONEY, Big Pharma, Bupropion, corruption, FDA, Food and Drug Administration, fraud, George W. Bush, GlaxoSmithKline, GOP, lobbyist, Medicaid, North Carolina, Paroxetine, Paxil, Political corruption, Republican, Ronald Reagan, Roy Cooper, United States, waste, wealth, Wellbutrin | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, May 14, 2011
Recently, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a “TEA Party” Republican from Kentucky, and ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and glaucoma surgeries, LASIK procedures, and corneal transplants, was quoted as saying that “a right to healthcare… means you believe in slavery.”
Dr. Paul is the ranking member of the Senate HELP Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging subcommittee, and made his comments at a Wednesday, May 11, 2011 hearing about emergency room use in American hospitals.
He said that, “With regard to the idea whether or not you have a right to health care you have to realize what that implies. I am a physician. You have a right to Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in - Did they REALLY say that?, - Politics... that "dirty" little "game" that first begins in the home., - Uncategorized II | Tagged: Adam, American Healthcare Reform, armed services, Big Business, Big Pharma, conscription, greed, health care, healthcare, Hippocratic Oath, hospital, insurance, Kentucky, military, motive, politics, profit, Rand Paul, Republican, Right to health, service, slavery, tea party, United States, United States Constitution, Universal health care, veterans, Wall Street, World Health Organization | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, November 4, 2010
Periodically, friends and family come to me seeking understanding about various medical and health related issues, which often includes information about procedures and medications.
And on occasion, I continue to be asked to identify certain medications.
Particularly problematic are the numerous herbs and Over The Counter (OTC) non-prescription remedies that neither treat nor cure, yet proliferate and line the pockets of those unscrupulous enough to market and sell them to the unsuspectingly ignorant.
On one such occasion, I was asked by a friend to identify several foreign concoctions of apparent Asian origin, which I succeed in identifying, though I suspect I merely added levity to our communication. Fortunately, the request wasn’t anything of any seriously substantial nature.
It’s becoming more difficult to identify many items, though I count myself fortunate to have access to the numerous resources I do.
Here’s the text of my response. Perhaps you’ll find it enlightening. …Continue…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, March 25, 2010
[ed. note: I wrote this post accompanying some photos I’d made and posted to my Flickr site back around October 2009.]
He wanted some OTC ranitidine. I told him, “Get omeprazole!” But he didn’t, saying he wanted more rapid relief.
So… guess what!?!
It just so happened, that at the checkout stand in front of us was a Big Pharma sales rep. She said, “Use this!,” and pulled out …Continue… to see if it’s a BIG GUN!…
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Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, January 11, 2010
“Simponi can lower your ability to fight infections, including tuberculosis. Serious and sometimes fatal events can occur – such as infections, cancer in children and adults, heart failure, nervous system disorders, liver or blood problems and allergic reactions. Before starting Simponi, your doctor should test you for TB and assess your risk of infections, including fungal infections, and hepatitis B.”
– from a teevee commercial/advertisement for a once-a-month, self-injectable “drug/medicine” branded “Simponi” purported to treat rheumatoid arthritis
“SIMPONI™ can lower your ability to fight infections. There are reports of serious infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses that have spread throughout the body, including tuberculosis (TB) and histoplasmosis. Some of these infections have been fatal. Your doctor will test you for TB before starting SIMPONI™ and will monitor you for signs of TB during treatment. Tell your doctor if you have been in close contact with people with TB. Tell your doctor if you have been in a region (such as the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys and the Southwest) where certain fungal infections like histoplasmosis or coccidioidomycosis are common. Unusual cancers have been reported in children and teenage patients taking TNF-blocker medicines. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including SIMPONI™, the chances for getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase. You should tell your doctor if you have had or develop lymphoma or other cancers.”
– from the http://www.simponi.com/ website
The word “medication” can be simply defined as “a compound or preparation used for the treatment or prevention of disease,” while the word “cure” can be simply defined as to “relieve (a person or animal) of the symptoms of a disease or condition.”
Should a “cure” cause disease?
What the hell was the FDA thinking when they approved this “medicine”?
What sense does it make to create a “medicine” for which the company knows causes cancer? Is that not a class action lawsuit waiting to happen? Would the American Cancer Association approve this medication?
Would YOU recommend this “medicine” to your family and friends?
Would YOU take this “medicine”?
Should this “medicine” be banned?
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