Congress to FDA: expedite approval of drugs

7-31-16       $1.05 trillion       That’s the total revenue of the global pharmaceutical market.  To put that number in perspective, it’s roughly one-quarter of what the U.S. federal government will spend in 2016.   Half of the $1 trillion comes from US & Canada.   http://www.fool.com/investing/2016/07/31/12-big-pharma-stats-that-will-blow-you-away.aspx

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1-28-16            Vaccines-Profits

The U.S. gives more vaccines than any other country in the world.  Our childhood schedule for under the age of one has twice as many vaccines as other developed countries.  What else do we have?  The highest infant mortality rate of any developed nation.  Finland has the lowest.  They only give 11 by age six.  Mississippi has the highest rate of vaccination in the U.S. & highest infant mortality rate.  These numbers do not lie. But you will not hear that on the media….What we have with vaccines is the highest profit margin pharmaceutical drug on the market.  Drug companies make more money off vaccines than they do any other pharmaceutical drug, in terms of profit margin.  There is a lack of rigorous safety studies.  And they don’t have the incentive to do them because they have no liability.

Vaccines are the only products in the U.S. that do not have liability.  You cannot sue for injuries or death.      -former Merck employee and whistleblower Brandy Vaughan   http://www.globalresearch.ca/big-pharma-and-big-profits-the-multibillion-dollar-vaccine-market/5503945

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6-8-16    Congress has reduced funding of the FDA’s budget while also ordering the agency to expedite its approval of drugs.  “The number of people working on new drug approval has been increasing at the expense of those who are supposed to be watching drugs after they come out on the market,” says Dr. Bremner of Emory University.

Swann, a reporter, also examines the problems that arise when FDA regulators, who are tasked with maintaining oversight of the pharmaceutical industry, are wooed by these companies.  Laurie Powell, a former medical brand strategist, says that a career in the pharmaceutical industry is much more lucrative than a lower-paying government job, and that pharmaceutical companies regularly approach FDA regulators hoping to attract them to serve on the industries’ regulatory committees.    http://truthinmedia.com/big-pharma-influence-over-fda/

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6-21-16       This is corrupting research and making the public— and doctors— think that prescription drugs are much better and safer than they really are.  I saw an enormous change in the relationship of academic medicine and clinical research to the drug companies.  And I saw more and more bias introduced into the research.  And one of the worst forms of bias is that the drug companies will not permit researchers to publish negative results.  If the drug doesn’t look good, it’s not published.  It’s buried.    -Marcia Angell, the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine:   http://truthinmedia.com/truth-media-big-pharmas-propaganda-machine/

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6-29-16     the public should be aware that pharmaceutical companies regularly shower medical offices with various perks and benefits in exchange for offering certain drugs; fund a great deal of medical research; and exert influence over best practices agreed upon between doctors and government regulators.

“It’s sad when pharmaceutical industries are involved in the research.  They have relationships with the regulatory agencies, and then they also heavily influence the education the physicians are getting,” said nurse Beasley.   “And they’re priming the market for the patients, so they are directly involved in every part of the medical industry and are benefiting from it.”      http://truthinmedia.com/truth-in-media-how-big-pharma-manipulates-physicians-and-corrupts-best-practices/

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