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A MEDICATED SOCIETY

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"If you have ever wondered why the cost of prescription drugs in the United States are the highest in the world or why it's illegal to import cheaper drugs from Canada or Mexico, you need look no further than the pharmaceutical lobby and its influence in Washington, D.C. Congressmen are outnumbered two to one by lobbyists for an industry that spends roughly a $100 million a year in campaign contributions and lobbying expenses to protect its profits."
(Singer) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/01/15/quick-study-lobbying-s-long-arm.aspx A Medicated Society By Grant Davis The purpose and driving force of the pharmaceutical industry is to increase sales of pharmaceutical drugs for ongoing diseases and to find new diseases to market existing drugs.
By this very nature, the pharmaceutical industry has no interest in curing diseases. The eradication of any disease inevitably destroys a multi-billion dollar market of prescription drugs. Therefore, pharmaceutical drugs are primarily developed to relieve symptoms, but not to cure.
If eradication therapies for diseases are discovered and developed, the industry has a basic interest to suppress, discredit and obstruct these medical breakthroughs in order to make sure that diseases continue as the very basis for a lucrative prescription drug market.
The economic interest of the pharmaceutical industry is the main reason why no medical breakthrough has been made for the control of the most common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetes, cancer, and osteoporosis, and why these diseases continue like epidemics on a worldwide scale.
For the same economic reasons, the pharmaceutical industry has now formed an international cartel by the code name "Codex Alimentarius" with the aim to outlaw any health information in connection with vitamins and to limit free access to natural therapies on a worldwide scale.
At the same time, the pharmaceutical companies withhold public information about the effects and risks of prescription drugs and life-threatening side effects are omitted or openly denied.
In order to assure the status quo of this deceptive scheme, a legion of pharmaceutical lobbyists is employed to influence legislation, control regulatory agencies (e.g., FDA), and manipulate medical research and education. Expensive advertising campaigns and PR agencies are used to deceive the public.
Millions of people and patients around the world are defrauded twice: A major portion of their income is used to finance the exploding profits of the pharmaceutical industry. In return, they are offered a medicine that does not even cure. wellness directory of minesota In yet another exposé of the financial corruption that is driving the H1N1 “pandemic” and pharmaceutical vaccine scam, a Finnish member of the World Health Organization Board, who also happens to be one of their key advisors on pharmaceutical vaccines, has allegedly received 6 million Euros from the vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) promised full transparency, this conflict of interest has only recently been uncovered through much effort. (LordLoehwing) "Congress appropriated $7.65 billion in June to fight pandemic flu, including H1N1. Of that, $6.15 billion has been spent or is set aside, most of it for vaccine purchases and related supplies, including syringes, needles, antivirals and other support....The Brookings Institute looked at the cost of closing schools in a recent report, finding it could cost between $35 and $157 per (Amico,PBS News) Causes of Corruption According to a report by the Center for Public Integrity, congressmen are outnumbered two to one by lobbyists for an industry that spends roughly $100 million a year in campaign contributions and lobbying expenses to protect its profits.
(Singer) The amount of money paid to a thought leader can be considerable. For example, Dr. Charles Nemeroff, the former chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Emory University, earned $2.8 million as a speaker and consultant for drug companies from 2000 to 2007. Dr. Joseph Biederman of Harvard University earned $1.6 million during the same period, and failed to disclose most of it to Harvard officials.
Drug companies corrupting physicians?
(CNN News) Abnormal hair growth; abnormal skin sensations; bleeding and redness or swelling of the gums; changes in menstrual flow; chapped lips; decreased tolerance to contact lenses; dizziness; dry eyes and mouth; dry nose that may lead to nosebleeds; dry or peeling skin; fatigue; flushing; general body discomfort; hair thinning; headache; itching; lack of energy; nervousness; respiratory tract infection; sleeplessness; sweating; temporary worsening of acne; voice changes.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Accutane:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bizarre, aggressive, or violent behavior; bowel pain; chest pain or pounding in the chest; dark urine; depression; difficult or painful swallowing; difficulty moving; excessive thirst or urination; fainting; fast heartbeat; fever; fractured or weak bones; hearing problems or ringing in the ears; increased pressure in the brain (pressure in the eye; nausea; vision changes; vomiting); joint or back pain; leg swelling; muscle weakness with or without pain; nausea; new or worsening heartburn; rectal bleeding; red patches or bruises on the legs; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe birth defects; severe diarrhea; severe headache; shortness of breath; skin infection; slurred speech; stomach pain or tenderness; stroke; stunted growth in children; sun sensitivity; swelling of the pancreas (fever; increased heartbeat; nausea; stomach tenderness; vomiting); swollen glands; thoughts of suicide; tightness in the lungs; vision changes; vomiting; weakness; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
(Drugs.com) Side Effects of Accutane Accutane is a potent drug developed by the pharmaceutical company Hoffman-La Roche (Roche) in 1982 for the treatment of severe acne. Roche derived the drug from Isotretinoin, a Vitamin-A derivative originally developed for use in chemotherapy cancer medications due to its capacity to kill rapidly dividing cells.

Roche produced the drug as both Accutane and Roaccutane and marketed it in the U.S. as Accutane for over 25 years until it was discontinued in June of 2009. During this time, approximately 5 million people took the drug for treatment, therefore experts have had a good opportunity to study its effects.
(Pro Media One llc) The War Against Corruption Product Recall Classifications:

•CLASS I - Involves a health hazard situation where there is reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.


•CLASS II - Involves a potential health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.


•CLASS III - Involves a situation where the use of the product is not likely to cause adverse health consequences. Drug Medication
Fenfluramine
Pemoline
Ticrinafen
Zomepirac
Benoxaprofen
Nomifensine
Suprofen
Seldane (terfenadine)
Etretinate
Encainide
Hismanal (astemizole)
Permax (pergolide)
Flosequinan
Temafloxacin
Propulsid (cisapride)
Levomethadyl
Redux (dexfenfluramine)
Duract (bromfenac)
Raxar (grepafloxin)
Posicor (mibefradil)
Baycol (cerivastatin)
Rezulin (troglitazone)
Raplon (rapacuronium)
(manufacturer only decision)
Rofecoxib
Lotronex (alosetron)
Phenylpropanolamine
Valdecoxib
Natalizumab
Technetium fanolesomab
Palladone (hydromorphone)
Zelnorm (tegaserod maleate)
Approved (Consumer Justice Group) The industry has experienced many changes over the past decade that have impeded representatives' ability to gain access to doctors. Strict adherence to HIPAA guidelines has limited many areas that representatives could previously access within an office. Gone are the days when a representative could run into a doctor in the sample closet or wait for the doctor at the nurse's station. Most grand rounds are also off-limits due to the interpretation of HIPAA guidelines. Adding to the pressures are increased PhARMA restrictions that have eliminated many dinner programs and sponsored educational events. Many medical communities also have begun to create their own restrictive vendor access policies. These pressures are making it impossible for representatives to achieve the reach and frequency goals that they are being required to meet.
(pharmrep.com) The advantages of using alternative medicine are being recognized more and more today by health care professionals. One of the major advantages is the approach to whole body healing and treatment of the underlying causes of diseases and conditions.

This approach of looking at the entire person as opposed to just symptoms can significantly improve an individual’s overall health and quality of life.
(herbalandalternativemedicines.com) Often times doctors will purposely prescribe certain medication with the promise of personall gain from the Pharmanceutical companies supplying the medicines. It is estimated that Accutane, in 1990, had caused 10000-11000 related abortions and 900-1000 related birth defects, but the FDA still did not take it off the market. Work Cited
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Accutane Review Acne Treatments AcneTreatmentsReviewed.com N.D. Web. 26 May 2011
Loehwing, Lord “H1N1 “Swine” Flu Vaccines Driven by Illegal Graft and Pay Offs” Heath Your-story.com, 8 January 2010. Web. 26 May 26, 2011
Amico, Chris “How Much will the H1N1 Flu Virus cost the U.S.?” PBS Newshour PBS.org. 8 October 2009. Web 26 May 2011
Elliot, Carl “Drug firms have to stop paying doctors” Pharmaceutical Industry CNN.com. 30 November 2010. Web. 26 May 2011
“Side Effects of Accutane- For the Consumer” Accutane Drugs.com .10 May 2011 Web. 26 May 2011
“Accutane” Accutane Accutanerisks.com. N.D. Web 26 May 26, 2011
Kaletunç Gönül “Understanding Recalls” Factsheet ohioonline.org N.D. Web 26 May 2011
“Safety Base FDA Drug medication withdrawals” Drug Recall Timeline consumerjusticegroup.com N.D. Web. 26 May 2011
“New metrics needed to identify quality contacts” prescriptions pharmrep.com 1 January 2009. Web. 26 May 2009
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