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BIG PHARMA: DOSE OF OWN MEDICINE FOR PROFITS OVER PATIENTS

By Marika Sboros

Is Big Pharma really as sinister as research suggests? Certainly, its products have been life-saving but also life-taking. And the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies have long had unhealthy effects on economies in many countries. Consequently, people’s health in those countries has become secondary to Big Pharma’s profits.

It is especially the case in the US, which spends the most per capita on prescription drugs than any other country. Research by The Law Firm shows that Americans filled 4.3 billion prescriptions for $374 billion dollars in 2014.

Rebecca Hill has developed an innovative infographic for the personal injury law firm on how Big Pharma spends its money. (Scroll down  to view it below).  It highlights the effect of the spend on the health and finances of Americans, says Hill. It also reveals who spent the most money – Genentech, which spent $388 million in payments to 1,888 doctors. And it points the way forward to reducing the burden of Big Pharma on people’s health and pockets, she says.



Medicine’s dirty little secret: ‘drug whore’ doctors

doctors drugs moneyIt’s a very real sickness in medicine. It is doctors in the thrall of the drug industry. It creates what British cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra calls ‘an epidemic of misinformed doctors and misinformed patients’. It causes biased research funding  – research funded for profit, not patients’ benefit, says Malhotra. 

It leads to biased reporting in medical journals, commercial conflicts of interest and medical curricula that ‘fail to teach doctors how to understand and communicate health statistics’. This year, for the first time, the US Surgeon General has reprimanded doctors for promoting Big Pharma at patients’ expense.  

At heart, it’s about doctors who flout the Hippocratic oath for a quick buck.  Here, Canadian nephrologist Dr Jason Fung takes a scalpel to expose the scandal of ‘continuing medical education’. He eviscerates doctors who, by default or design, act as agents – pushers, really – for drug companies. He calls them ‘drug whores’. It’s a disturbing read. – Marika Sboros



Jason Fung on doctors who betray patients’ trust

Doctors moneyYOU don’t expect your doctor or dietitian  to collude with food companies in spinning yarns about health benefits of their products. It’s called “healthwashing”. It’s about profit not health. Many doctors and dietitians collude by accepting sponsorship from Big Food for research or to run their voluntary associations. Dr Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University has said: ‘sponsorship perverts science’. Here, Canadian nephrologist Dr Jason Fung takes an even bleaker look at why doctors, whether by default or design, regularly betray patients’ trust: a bad case of “follow-the-money-itis”. – Marika Sboros

By Jason Fung*

At the low-carb, high-fat summit in Cape Town (in 2015) British consultant cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra showed a clip that reminded me of one of the great truths of our time:  you cannot be betrayed by