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The practices carried out today by drug companies and doctors will one day be seen as quite barbaric and rather ridiculous.
Healthcare Online for Dummies by Howard and Judi Wolinsky, page 23
With annual U. When the (then) editors, Drs.
The tirade smoldered against a lurid four-color painting of a frock-coated Dickensian figure. Falling prey to car commercials results in little more than hefty car payments; however, becoming seduced by pharmaceutical companies can result in the consumer willingly taking powerful drugs, at the risk of serious illness and even death. Spending on prescription drugs is now the fastest growing portion of healthcare spending in the United States.
Prescription Medicines, Side Effects and Natural Alternatives by American Medical Publishing, page 16
First of all, consider the fact that the American prescription drug industry - the giant pharmaceutical companies — is the most profitable industry in the world.
So much for evidence. With the help of the advertising, Vioxx sales quadrupled to $1.
So much for hard science. This number increased to over $3 billion in 2003, according to Dr. When the (then) editors, Drs.
After all, you can obtain prescriptions only through a doctor. Ironically, the long-time General Manager of the Association, George H.
Ephedra Fact And Fiction by Mike Fillon, page 255
This practice of massive advertising campaigns for drugs in order to convince us and our doctors that we "need" various drugs and specifying which drugs we do need should be a great concern for us." No wonder so many patients are not informed either about serious withdrawal syndromes or dependence. The morning talk shows are full of medical technology miracles; they cover the wonders of new drugs and medical devices and technology using the canned television images provided by the industry. The 1962 Harris-Kefauver Amendment to the Federal Food and Drug Act imposed strict regulations on pharmaceutical company advertising.
Instead, they would focus on providing information to doctors to allow them to make informed decisions about what pharmaceuticals might be beneficial to their patients. As a result, niacin does not enjoy the intensive advertising that the HMG CoA reductase inhibitors and gemfibrozil enjoy. So companies work through medical education companies to have doctors who support their products talk about their products in a favorable way.
This is the character of Big Pharma.
The drug companies know this: Advertising works. Pharmaceutical companies wouldn't spend billions of dollars on direct-to-consumer advertising if it didn't work.Horn. Pfizer alone has forty-five hundred people in its sales force.
MANETTE: On November 23, 2004 PBS Online News Hour Program you were quoted as making the following statement.
Not surprisingly, pharmaceutical companies are switching their advertising budgets to target consumers rather than physicians in an attempt to influence how consumers determine their medical treatment needs.
Death By Medicine by Gary Null PhD, page 10
Yet doctors repeatedly make new drugs bestsellers within months.