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Shortages in Essential Drugs--Big PhARMA at work
MOST drugs are from China and India
Medical Device Makers cannot be sued, Supreme Court Rules
Ghost writing the norm for over a decade
journal articles are advertising dressed as science--examples
Top 10 Drug Recalls and Warnings of 07
FDA Fraud Program
Big PhARMA ghost writes journal articles
Big PHARMA pays generic manufacturers to not ...
New CANCER drugs add little to life expectancy--why
Big Pharma influences the DSM manual
Most Drugs Now are both Imported and not Tested for Purity
Slash taxes or we move our facilities
RU-486 comes from China, now--more tainted drugs
Antidepressants Proven useless for most
Heart Medication kills 22,000 in 2 years
Statin combination Vytorin doesn't work, etc.
Off Label Drug Pushers
0ff Prescription Market Law Eli Lilly violates for Zyprexa
Price Gouging for Orphan Drugs
Marketing department ran massive drug trial for VIOXX
Direct to consumer spending on the rise
Pharma Lobby and Democrats
U.S. Pharma Moves to China and India
Research and Production moves to China and India
Cancer Generic Drug Shortage increases sales of patented drugs
BIG PHARMA at work

Todd Schorr
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Business ethics is an oxymoron.  California skeptics are committed to reporting on the incredible amount of harm caused by the intrusion of market-place forces upon our medical system. It isn’t how much better off we are from the snake-oil days, but how much better off we would be if we took Big PHARMA out of the mix.  Nearly every new drug and thus treatment has been made worse by Big PhARMA’s drive to maximize profits.  The same can be said of our managed health care system (managed for profits).   Our medical treatment system rates as the worse among developed countries—ranked 40th by the W.H.O..          

 

Even more telling is the British Medical journal’s article which goes into what has gone wrong with the U.S. health-care system

 

Those who have a financial interest in the outcome manipulate the results


Journal articles are consistently biased because there is no meaningful peer review, for the raw data is not supplied to the journals.  A British Medical Journal article comparing the raw data to the journal articles found a positive-results distortion of between 11% and 69% for the 37 journal articles they examined.  Numerous other journal articles have pointed to this issue, that medical science has been replaced gradually over the last 3 decades with marketing articles dressed up as objectively valid. 

Hoffmann
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e-mail to thinker@skeptically.org

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There is an alarming laxity in the production of research, education of public and doctors, and standards of FDA approval for drugs, as well as the monitoring of safety and effectiveness of drugs.  For 2 chapters of the best book on how big PHARMA has manipulated the above and much more by Doctor Marcia Angell (Harvard Professor and former editor of New England Journal of Medicine).

Eli Tiunine
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JK’s wish list

 

1).  Long-term independent monitoring of side effects by independent researchers. Easily done thought available data banks of Veterans Administration, Kaiser Permanente, and Medicare.  Such studies cost about 1/1,000th that of a long-term clinical trial.

2). Require reporting of side effects with incentives and penalties administered through a university panel of professors.   

3).  Prompt follow-up on important side effects by independent researchers. 

4).  Permit only independent university medical colleges to run clinical trials and the drug companies couldn’t select where (use random pool method).

5). The researchers/institution would exclusively own the results and their publication rights.

6)   Make readily available for free over the internet   an easy to peruse form the results of studies and reports of side effects which would include comparisons to similar drugs

7).  For FDA approval, heads on-testing (rather than being more effective than a placebo).

8).  When appropriate require that 1/4th those in clinical trial be over the age of 60. 

9).  Key positions in the FDA be filled by researchers without ties to PhARMA. 

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10)  Limit PhARMA activities to research for and manufacturing of drugs, and thus eliminate the sales (including advertising), lobbying, and educational activities. 

11). Forbid direct to consumer ads and ads to doctors.  The medical universities would be in charge of making decisions as to what is to be marketed and for what, like what is done with NICE in the UK. 

12).  Eliminate the ability to extend patents, and also other ways that PhARMA delays the introduction of generic drugs.

13).  Eliminate funding of the FDA from PhARMA for the approval of new drugs, since this provides for the FDA an incentive to approve drugs, even ones not worth taking. 

14)  Side effects would have on package and insert a quantification of side effects in legible size print. 

15)  Require independent accounting of PhARMA companies books, and make it public.

16). Fund from profits on drugs a grant system for university medical basic research. 

17). Establish as measure of a drug a profit and distribution system based only upon service to the public weal