The secrets of pharmaceutical companies

The secrets of pharmaceutical companies

If you focus on movies and TV shows, you might think that huge pharmaceutical corporations make all their money on turning children into zombies and stealing medicines for the hearts of our grandmothers. But the truth is that Big Pharma (as they are called hippies and crazy) is not the modern Legion of Fate. These companies, like any other companies, are focused on making money, but this does not mean that they are incapable of evil. They are still as capable. The simple fact is that this evil, as a rule, involves less illegal genetic experiments.

1. Repackaging drugs to trick you

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The name of the drug is an important part of its progress. The antidepressant Prozac is designed to be considered scientific, while the drug Sarafem, targeted at women, is clearly presented as female (even its packaging is pink). However, the only difference between these drugs, except for the name and color, is that “Sarafem” is the same “Prozac”, simply the pharmaceutical company “Eli Lilly”, which produces both drugs, wanted women to take “Sarafem”, not knowing what it is.
Sarafem was sold as a cure for the disease called premenstrual dysphoric disorder - in fact, from all the troubles that accompany menstruation, including terrible panic attacks, anxiety and mood swings. And we do not say that Prozac does not cure these symptoms, it could (but we are not doctors). We simply do not think that it is right to deceive people in using drugs, although it could be forgiven if it was done for noble purposes. Like, say, if women suffering from PDR really needed to take Prozac, but they would avoid it because of the associations with depression. However, this is not the point.
Prozac brought Eli Lilly a huge amount of money, and Sarafem was released only a few months before their Prozac patent expired. When a patent for a drug expires, its price drops sharply, and competitors begin to produce their own generics — analogues. But, having released a new medicine identical to Prozac, Eli Lilly managed to extend its patent for several more years, which allows the price of Prozac to remain good and high.
In 1997, GlaxoSmithKline did something similar when they released the well-known antidepressant Velbutrin in the form of pills that help quit smoking, but only after rebranding it as Zyban.Again, the science behind the drug may have actually been noticed, but this does not change the fact that they are cheating people into taking supposedly new drugs.

2. Flooding the world with unreliable research

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Okay, how do doctors know what medicine to prescribe, when new drugs appear all the time?
Well, they read medical journals that tell them about new research and drugs that are working now. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical companies know this, so when they release a new product, which they know, sometimes causes uncontrollable diarrhea in patients, they first release a huge number of falsified studies, replacing the word “diarrhea” with “kittens”.
Of course, real practice is much more subtle than replacing one word with another. In one real case, the pharmaceutical company Medtronic paid dozens of surgeons $ 210 million to put their signatures on articles prepared and edited by Medtronic marketers to advertise the bone marrow "Infuse" ... The same "Infuse", which was later linked the development of cancer and infertility in men, which could affect any of the millions of people to whom it was prescribed.Warnings have always been on the packaging in small print, but marketers have managed to formulate them so that you can easily dismiss the horrific risks and side effects and pay attention only to the benefits of the drug. The authors of these studies can now be seen in laboratories in robes made of pure gold.
But even when pharmaceutical companies make efforts to conduct the present research, they simply do not publish adverse results. In one experiment, a number of studies were presented to the regulatory authorities, and, in the end, only positive results were published. Did we remember to mention that the research was funded by huge pharmaceutical conglomerates? This is why some researchers believe that the vast majority of antidepressant research is unreliable at best.
But what about independent research that is not paid for by big business? Of course, they exist, but many researchers end up being sued, and the research is protected from publication by lawyers of a pharmaceutical company.Remember that companies don’t even have to win a hearing - all they have to do is drag scientists back to court until they run out of money and they don’t have to burn their research notes for heating.

3. Creating an army of false sales representatives

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Another way for doctors to learn about new drugs, in addition to medical journals, is from sales representatives who visit medical workers and tell them about the latest magic pills that their company has released. The visits of sales representatives to medical institutions are similar to the delivery of pizza to porn - they can be said to end with the same.
In most countries, sales representatives are legally obliged to disclose all the information about medicines that they advertise to the doctor, and not just all the fun. However, it was found that in fact the mention of serious risks from taking the drug sales representatives spend only 6% of their time. Because they have to sell the product. Their goal is not to inform, but to get the signature of the doctor, and your doctor is as susceptible to slippery sales techniques as all other people.
So what is the danger here? Well, more than half of the drugs whose flaws are not mentioned carry the strictest warning that can be issued - this is the category "can cause death." This is just for safety reasons - things can go terribly bad when someone takes the medicine. But this should not be confused with side effects, in which case things will definitely be bad if you take the drug. But, again, sales representatives do not talk about side effects in 59% of cases.
Part of the problem is also that in a day dozens of sales representatives can come to some hospitals. Doctors want to listen to them only long enough to get a description and free samples, but not a minute longer. This leads to super-concise presentations, and if something has to be cut out, it will be cons.
A much bigger problem, however, is that, despite the utmost clarity of the law, there is little or no supervision or enforcement at all. Meanwhile, drug companies are spending billions on television advertising telling patients to demand these drugs from their doctors. So pressure on doctors from all sides.But, really, why should they worry about it, if they just read in an article in a medical journal that the drug is safe?

4. Everywhere is a setup

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Today, reading any label, you will find that the product was approved, for example, by the Federal Society of something, recommended by the National Center for anything and used by the International Institute of all things.
As it turns out, most of these organizations are frontman pharmaceutical companies recommending drugs that are not based on thorough research, but rather on the name that appears on their registration. Take for example the American Society of Acne and Rosacea. This is a theoretically impartial organization that is almost entirely funded by such acne drug manufacturers as Galderma, which pays for the work of 13 out of 15 AOAR experts. Therefore, when AOAR recommends acne medicine, it is not surprising that it will be a cure for Galderma for $ 2500 per year, and not an equally effective generic for $ 120 per year.
According to the Journal Sentinel study, out of 20 clinical guidelines for the best-selling drugs in the United States (including Nexium, Lipitor, and Oxyzocin, 16) were developed by physicians with clear links to pharmaceutical companies.Case in point: GlaxoSmithKline’s asthma medications were the fifth among America’s best-selling drugs in 2011, thanks to advice from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which may have happened because 12 of the 18 members of the institute’s commission paid "GlaxoSmithKline".
But it's one thing when a bunch of professionals recommend that you brush your teeth with dog paste because they were sponsored by Purina. Another thing is when their setup could kill you.
For example, what did the pharmaceutical giant Wyeth do in 2002 when it discovered that its hormonal drug for menopause increases the risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots? The problem was that Prempro and Premarin were already on the market, and instead of withdrawing them, the company spent $ 12 million on the creation of the Council on Hormonal Education, 85% of whose members worked for Wyeth. They then spent the next six years providing an online course of “teaching” thousands of doctors to how completely hormone therapy is completely amazing and that all these cancer problems in patients are probably due to what patients did in their free time.

five.Violent bribery

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It turns out that pharmaceutical companies give out bribes, as Rambo (Rambo) hands out kicks in the ass - widely, often and, as a rule, in other countries. For example, GlaxoSmithKline is currently under investigation for allegedly paying $ 500 million in bribes to Chinese doctors, government officials, hospital administrations, and anyone who seemed to be able to participate in this. The payments should have provided the company with a large share of the country's market through, I believe, instructions from the government to deal with all the fakes of GlaxoSmithKline products that flooded China.
Since then, the company has made a heroic decision to undertake an internal investigation and discovered that the whole case with bribes was organized by four executives who acted alone against the principles of the company and, possibly, under marijuana.
Pfizer was also caught bribing medical professionals in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Italy, Kazakhstan, Russia, China and Serbia to force them to prescribe more drugs to the company, but they quickly admitted their guilt and agreed to pay a $ 60 million fine.
But in fact, the position of defense “literally everyone does it” is surprising.When the giant "Eli Lilly" bribed Chinese officials, they had to be bombarded with jewelry and drowned in spa treatments to ensure their interests abroad.
So, what did they get for their bribes? Well, they had to pay in order for doctors and hospitals to prescribe their medicine instead of the drugs of their competitors. It turns out that your doctor prescribes a pill for you, not because she is the best option for treating your illness, but because the pharmaceutical company bought him a cool motorcycle. Wait, everything is actually even sadder. Pfizer China allegedly “created“ personal programs ”that give doctors such gifts as mobile phones and tea sets, in exchange for how many prescriptions the doctors wrote out.

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