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Drug companies....the most powerful industry in the United States

Von: Raymond (bluerhymer@aol.com) [Profil]
Datum: 06.06.2010 09:12
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Drug companies
46% of Americans take at least one prescription drug daily. (1)

Although drugs are sometimes appropriate and at times can save a
personís life, most of the time they are unnecessary, expensive and
harmful. My advice would be to recognize that you should seek natural
therapies which address the cause of the disease before choosing a
drug-based solution.

I can assure you that the number of people who actually need drugs is
a small percentage of those taking them. For example, people are being
prescribed drugs for heartburn when it is one of the easiest health
problems to treat. Most people ignore the fact that heartburn is an
important clue from their body and rely on a drug instead to suppress
the symptoms.

In case you haven't figured it out by now, the major reason for the
traditional medical paradigm is the influence of the most powerful
industry in the United States, the drug companies.

Drug companies exert a major influence on the majority of studies
published and nearly all of medical education. This influence is what
causes doctors to use their expensive symptomatic 'patch-up' drugs as
solutions for people's problems.

Drug companies have been able to get away with their high prices
because the vast majority of people do not pay for their medications
anymore. It's insurance companies that are picking up the tab. Since
most people do not pay for it directly, drug companies are able to get
away with charging outrageous prices.

Drug companies are the most profitable industry
The drug companies claim that they need large earnings -
125,835,595,000 in 1999 (2) - to conduct their research and
development. They have a point - only up to a degree. Aggressive
research is indeed needed. The medications produced by the
pharmaceutical industry have improved the quality and length of life
of many people. But this justification loses credibility when:

1. Just 1 out of every 5 dollars the drug industry collects goes to
drug research.

2. Some drug companies spend almost twice as much money for
advertising and marketing as they spend for research.

3. Drug industry profits are so large they outstrip every other
industry's profits by far (3).

Drug companies are the most profitable industry. In 2001, a year which
saw a drop in employment rates, a plunge in the stock market and
symbols of America's economy literally come crashing down, the drug
companies continued their reign as the most profitable industry in the
annual Fortune 500 list.

While the overall profits of Fortune 500 companies declined by 53%,
which was the 2nd biggest dive in profits the Fortune 500 has taken in
its 47 years, the top 10 U.S. drug companies increased their profits
by 33% (3).

Collectively, the 10 drug companies in the Fortune 500 topped all 3 of
the Fortune magazine's measures of company profitability for 2001,
according to the magazine's annual analysis of America's most
important companies.

These drug companies had the greatest return on revenues, reporting a
profit of 18.5 cents for every $1 of sales, which was 8 times higher
than the median for all Fortune 500 industries, easily surpassing the
next most profitable industry, which was commercial banking with a
13.5% return on revenue)(3).

The system is badly broken and in need of a change. We cannot spend
over one trillion dollars for health care just to improve profits for
drug companies. We have the capital to more than adequately treat
nearly all people. What we need to do is shift our perspectives and

This emphasis on drugs is one of the main reasons why spending for
prescription drugs is the fastest-growing category of health care

It is also one of the major factors contributing to the fact that
doctors are a major leading cause of death in the United States, due
to the fact that they have an over reliance on using drugs as 'patch-
up' solutions, rather than seeking the cause of the problem.

How safe are prescription drugs?
In 1998 an extensive study published in the reputable Journal of the
American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that 106,000 people die
each year in American hospitals from medication side effects (4).

Let's look at this statistic a different way: 106,000 deaths a year
averages out to nearly 300 deaths per day, every day. Deaths from all
major airline crashes in the U.S. average less than 300 annually, but
1 airplane crash gets more media attention and governmental scrutiny
than the 300 medication-related deaths which occurred not only on the
same day as the airline crash, but also every day before and after for

Why has this epidemic of side effects gone unrecognized? Deaths from
medication reactions rarely look any different from natural deaths.
There's no visible wreckage to videotape, no crash sites to fascinate
and horrify TV viewers. As media people say, 'No film, no story'.
Media and public relations firms, and how they shape the public's
awereness, are discussed in more detail here.

Medication deaths often occur quietly in hospitals, emergency rooms
and private homes. When medication-related deaths occur, it's often
unclear at first whether the cause was the medication, the illness, or
some other factor. In other words, to much of the media, there is
nothing sexy about side effects.

The reported adverse effects of drugs are only the tip of the iceberg.
Consider 'Digoxin', the best-selling heart drug. According to an
article in JAMA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) receives about
82 reports each year involving Digoxin, yet a systematic study of
Medicare records reveals 202,211 hospitalizations for Digoxin adverse
effects in a 7-year period (5). That's more than 28,000 reactions per
year, 82 of which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hears about.

Read about 10 prescription drugs withdrawn from the market since 1997,
after being used by millions of people, on page 2 of this article.


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