Big Pharma Has You By the Balls

Saturday, December 19, 2009
Posted in category Big Pharma, Health Tyranny

Despite the maddening nature of this paragraph from an article in the Wall Street Journal Pharmaceutical Daily, hardly no one who reads the story will notice it:

A measure to allow the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and some other countries fell short in the Senate Tuesday night, but lawmakers were working on other ways to squeeze concessions from the pharmaceutical industry.

If you have read that correctly, you will note that certain members of our Senate body are begging the wealthy and powerful pharmaceutical interests to allow the (formerly) free people of the United States to voluntarily purchase prescription drugs from other countries where the drugs are cheaper and Big Pharma does not influence and run the federal government. Another snippet from the article:

Pharmaceutical makers opposed the measure, saying the U.S. couldn’t ensure the safety of drugs from Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia.

I repeat: “pharmaceutical makers opposed the measure…” Therefore, they have bought an appropriate number of politicians so they can be assured that Americans are not able to freely contract with retailers in other countries who can offer a lower price. The totalitarian American political system (along with those who continue to elect its agents and thereby sanction the current system) allows this racket to continue without a single challenge. No media outlet is ashamed of arrogantly admitting to, and admiring, the clout of America’s omnipotent corporate state giants.

In a related story, Big Pharma giant AstraZeneca has the power of the FDA behind it in its latest attempt to deceive and dope up hapless Americans who have been taken captive by the fear mongering of the tyrannical medical mainstream. The drug maker’s cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor has fallen flat on revenues, and the typical backup plan with these patent-protected drugs that run of steam is to find another use for them that seems necessary and good, and promote it heavily to paid-for politicians, their FDA operatives, and the duped public.

So what is this miracle cure claimed for Crestor that … just … came out of nowhere? Crestor is now “a preventative treatment for cardiovascular disease.” The FDA’s panel of “outside medical experts” voted 12-4 to recommend that the “FDA broaden the indication for Crestor as a preventative treatment for cardiovascular disease.” Yes, these are the same “medical experts” who are paid by the industry and drug makers they recommend. The WSJ article discusses a study called “Jupiter” in which patients on Crestor were compared to patients receiving a placebo or fake pill. The study was the usual dose of logical fallacy whereby correlation proves causation. In fact, the article states that “the study results were so strong that the study was stopped early.” Note that the FDA usually follows the panel’s recommendations.

During the panel meeting, “the FDA said there was a “statistically significant” increase in the number of patients who developed diabetes in the Crestor group compared to the placebo group,” and also, “there were 13 deaths due to gastrointestinal disorders compared to one in the placebo group, but the FDA said a further review of the deaths suggest the “imbalance is a chance finding,” a view with which the panel agreed.” In addition, “18 patients in the Crestor arm of the study reported a “confusional state” compared to four in the placebo group, but the panel also said it wasn’t likely Crestor played a role in the imbalance.” (So, correlation proves causation, but only when convenient – such as when it accommodates the end goals of increased patent protection and billions of dollars in profits.) How advantageous is it to pay the salaries of the “experts” who influence whether or not your drug is deemed the next patented miracle cure for a whole host of diseases?

To understand the timing of this Crestor news about its new miracle cure, please see related information about AstraZeneca’s patent battles for Crestor. AstraZeneca is losing its grip on Crestor as a revenue machine. Therefore, the company is scrambling to keep the drug alive. Accordingly, an article on Reuters states this:

Gbola Amusa of UBS believes the Jupiter results could expand the overall statin market by 20 percent to 50 percent in volume terms, lifting AstraZeneca’s Crestor sales to some $8 billion in 2012 from $3.6 billion last year.

For related Big Pharma lies and abuses, see:

Tyranny of the Pharmaceutical-Congressional-Medical Complex.”

Also see “Big Day for Big Pharma.”

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10 Responses to Big Pharma Has You By the Balls

  1. cousin lucky says:

    December 20th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I am truly tired of being had by the Balls by anyone or anything. When POTUS orders me to sign his ” changes ” that I do not agree with or do not understand he will probably declare me ” an enemy combatant ” and have me locked up for the rest of my life.

    I am too old to have my mind revamped within the ” internment camps ” being built and I am too feeble for hard labor. Maybe he will just have his ” agents ” Taser me to Death in a public square so the rest of the population gets the ” Sign Here Or Else ” message real quick!! You Betcha!!

  2. miles says:

    December 20th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Karen, I hope that bloggers like yourself can keep spreading the news about the health benefits of the paleo-diet. Perhaps less of us will be sick and beholden to big pharma’s “cures”. I feel like its really working well for myself.

  3. Karen De Coster says:

    December 20th, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Miles – the problem is that most people don’t _want_ to be disease free and healthy. They like – no, need – the dependence factor in their lives. Have you ever seen this dependent zombies at the pharmacy, obsessing on their numerous prescriptions and “ills” ? Visit a Walmart pharmacy sometime! Yikes. That said, my favorite question from people – which I get often – is, ‘How do you stay so buff/lean/thin?” I love my answer: Because I eat tons of fat, and yes, saturated fat. As much as 60% (or more) fat in my diet daily.

  4. Jeannie Queenie says:

    December 20th, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Astra Zeneca’s Crestor is just one in a line of mishaps. Take a court document on the company’s lead research director, Wayne Macfadden, allegedly linking sex with scientific data with gal Seroquel researchers, those, that is, ‘who wrote up the BOLDER results.’ Business Net features details on this. The moral of the story in my opinion is, if you diddle the researcher, you’ll probably screw the buying public by pushing bad drugs–see the carlatpsychiatry blog. Not content with alleged devious posturing, the plot thickens with a little thing like bribes allegedly paid to the monster Saddam of the deposed Iraqi regime. This in connection with the Oil for Food probe..

  5. MoT says:

    December 21st, 2009 at 5:20 am

    Karen… you pointed out something I noticed long ago about folks who have nothing better to do than pop pills and bitch about their aches and pains as though it were an Olympic event.

  6. Michael says:

    December 21st, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    We can’t possibly allow prices to actually float Karen. Can you imagine the horrors of unbridled peace and prosperity for everyone? Perish the thought!

    You know this is for your own protection too. ;)

  7. Shannon says:

    December 23rd, 2009 at 12:42 am

    MoT, I agree with you on those who seems to make their health plight an attention grab. There have been times when I’ve taken some medications and did so discreetly, keeping them out of sight-no one’s business but my own. Many doctors are more than happy to prescribe a pill for every ill. I know better. I use to live in an apartment complex where there were many seniors and others whose main topics of discussion were the drugs they had to take for this and that. I do not understand what motivates some to play building blocks with pill bottles on their kitchen counters and marvel about the 15 to 20 drugs they just have to take, in order to function. I can understand a replacement hormone or something critical like necessary antibiotics, but half of the drugs prescribed serve as band-aids with no curative properties.

  8. Jim Purdy says:

    December 24th, 2009 at 11:21 am

    “Pharmaceutical makers opposed the measure, saying the U.S. couldn’t ensure the safety of drugs from Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia.”

    Uh, excuse me, but the U.S. can’t ensure the safety of drugs from the U.S., either.

    I have stopped taking all my medications, and I’m very happily free of all those unpleasant drug side-effects.

    And I don’t have any problem pursuing a healthy low-carb lifestyle with foods from Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia.

    BigPharma would go broke if they depended on drug-free “non-compliant” patients like me.

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