Do you know what these drugs are
for? Doesn't matter. You still need them. That is, if you are susceptible to TV
advertising. So, go pester you primary care physician until he writes you a
prescription. They're outrageously expensive, but your medical insurance will
pick it up. Right.
Pharmaceuticals for social
anxiety, tumescence, allergies, bladder control, hair loss, insomnia,
intelligence. Cures for problems you didn't even know you had. Sometimes, the
great pharmaceuticals manufacture the disease just so they can tell the pill.
In the 1800's there were snake oil
salesmen. In the 21st Century there are drug manufacturers. And the price has
gone up. No wonder. Advertising is verrrrry expensive. Drug companies are
spending millions on advertising drugs that only a doctor can prescribe.
Insurance will cover it. It's gotta be a conspiracy between the insurance
companies and the drug companies. And, possibly, government agencies.
The excuse for the high cost of
prescription drugs is that the research and development costs are huge. Right.
But those costs are also covered by Federal research grants, and funds raised by
all those charities, and well-meaning contributors to cure one disease or
another. Where do the advertising funds come from? For that matter, where do the
funds come from for paying for the lobbying of Congress and the FDA? And why are
prescription drugs cheaper in Canada and Mexico?
Pharmaceutical Price-fixing Scam
Congress has passed a bill
amending Medicare provisions in Social Security. Pressure from
politically-active elderly paying exhorbitant-priced prescription drugs for
their many ailments. The law-makers probably can't enact any laws to benefit the
rest of us on this issue. Probably more of a matter for the Federal Trade
Commission and Department of Justice to investigate price-fixing. But FTC and
Justice are devoting their efforts at nailing Microsoft and have little interest
in attacking old, established drug price-fixing.
Take a look at the
It requires the contracting for an official (Government) website for the sale of
competitively priced domestic and international prescription drugs. Wow!
Pay special attention to the section on WAIVER OF RESTRICTION ON REENTRY OF
There's hope yet. Right? Don't be
so naive. FDA says that it cannot allow "reimportation" of pharmaceuticals for
the lame excuse of labeling requirements. FDA defying Congress? Gee wiz. FDA
isn't supposed to protect the pharmaceutical manufacturers. It's supposed to
protect the citizens. Get real. Think about where an FDA appointee will find a
job when there's an administration turnover. Where else—the pharmaceuticals
industry. They certainly don't want to antagonize a future employer. And you
thought it was just collusion in the military-industrial complex.
What can you do about this? As
usual, there's nothing you can do.
If you want the facts from a real
newspaper, click here for a recent
article on the subject.
information? Read John LeCarré's new book, "The Constant Gardener".