Why do so many doctors still think they are invincible to Big Pharma’s influence?
” The bottom line for any for-profit company is to sell their product, and since the pharmaceutical industry can’t sell drugs directly to patients, they convince doctors to prescribe them.
The more a doctor sees or hears the name of a drug, whether through drug reps, brochures or seeing the name on stationery, the more likely the drug is to be prescribed. ”
Read Doctors Are Under the Influence of Pharma Drugs by Ritika Goel, 04/02/2013.
Pay-to-delay deals costly for the general public
” … When a company’s patent on a brand-name drug expires, other companies are free to make generic versions of the same drug… Often times, there are legal disputes between brand-name drug manufacturers and generic-drug companies. It’s increasingly common for this litigation to end with out-of-court settlements in which patentholders pay potential competitors to delay the introduction of generics.
That’s pay-to-delay… ”
Read PD Editorial: Pay-to-delay deals costly for consumers.
Read How ‘Pay for Delay’ Keeps Us Paying More for Prescription Drugs.
How Drug Companies mislead Doctors and harm Patients
When a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world — except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this impassioned talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.
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The corruption in the pharmaceutical industry and in America’s healthcare system poses a far greater threat to the health, safety and welfare of Americans today than terrorism
Pharma Times Online, 2013
The video, shot during the debate at the Royal Institution last month, shows the author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma debate the notion ‘Pharma is not getting its act together’ with the chief executive of the ABPI.
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Doctors, not drugmakers, must warn patients of risks, court says
” The Supreme Court of Texas has ruled that pharmaceutical manufacturers are not responsible for conveying drug risks to patients, even when the drugmakers advertise their products directly to consumers… Health professionals said the decision creates greater liability for doctors and removes necessary responsibility from drugmakers after medication mishaps… drugmakers are not completely without liability if a patient is injured by a drug. If incorrect information is passed to physicians, a manufacturer still can be held liable… But drug companies cannot be sued for failing to provide drug warning information directly to a patient…” .
Read Court: Doctors, not drugmakers, must warn patients of risks
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What would you do if you found out that a drug that had been given to your mother while pregnant with you could prevent you from having children?
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” We all assume that doctors choose treatments based on what’s best for us. But would you feel nervous if you knew that your doctor stood to make money from the treatments they recommend? ”
Read As new NHS reforms turn GPs into businessmen, one doctor asks… do you really want them to profit from the pills they prescribe? by Ben Goldacre
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The Truth about Prescription Drugs
“ Most people don’t realize that to garner FDA approval, a drug company only has to show the medication is better than nothing and the benefit outweighs harm… …The initial studies are also often conducted over a short period of time – usually six months.”
says Steven Woloshin, MD, professor of medicine at Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.
Read The Truth about Prescription Drugs by Lara Rosenbaum, September 12, 2011.