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Legal Drug Pushers

DrugsAmericans have become addicted to LEGAL drugs that kill people when used as directed by their medical doctors.

Doctors gleefully prescribe and Americans swallow a pill for whatever ails them... from headaches to tummy aches, to combat depression or to improve our sex life.

The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million. As a result, around 100,000 Americans are killed each year according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. The leading causes of adverse drug reactions are antibiotics (17 percent), cardiovascular drugs (17 percent), chemotherapy (15 percent), and analgesics and anti-inflammatory agents (15 percent).

Americans are addicted to a legal drug culture!

What hypocrisy to blame our health problems on the tobacco industry.

You are told that nicotine is addictive, but did you know from 1989 to 1995 the legal drug industry generally doubled their revenues, which has further soared through 2011?

Pharmaceuticals Revenues (millions of dollars)

1989 1995 2011
9,844 18,842 37,020
Bristol-Meyers Squibb 9,422 13,767 17,914
American Home Products
Acquired by Pfizer
6,747 13,376  
Merck 6,698 16,681 45,987
Pfizer 5,904 10,021 67,809
Abbott Laboratories 5,454 10,012 22,476
Acquired by Pfizer
4,272 7,040  
Eli Lilly 4,176 7,535 15,691
Schering-Plough 3,243 5,151 10,594
Acquired by Monsanto, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson
2,916 7,095  

The main product of these companies are drugs!
Drugs for headaches, drugs for backaches, drugs for depression, drugs for allegies, drugs for asthma, drugs for cholesterol, drugs for diabetes, drugs for heartburn, drugs for hypertension, drugs for cancer, drugs for nasal congestion, drugs for impotence, drugs for arthritis, drugs to control your child's behavior, drugs for hair loss, and yes, even drugs to help you stop smoking. They have a drug for just about everything that ails you.

Their smoking cessation plans include replacing tobacco with legal drugs.

Crack cocaine or heroin might destroy your life, but what about drugs like Viagra, Ritalin, or Prozac?

Taking their lead from the CDC and EPA, the pharmaceutical industry has taken the distortions of clinical studies to a new level.

We see studies that are designed to minimize the appearance of negative risks associated with these drugs, such as heart attacks, stroke, mental disorders, suicide attempts, and violent behavior. Even after studies are completed, the results are highly distorted as well. Drug companies pick and choose which studies they want to publish. They may do twelve different studies on a particular drug, and if six of them say the drug is safe and effective, while the other six studies say the drug is dangerous and useless from a medicinal point of view, they pick the six they want and bury the others. They forward the six they want to the FDA. The FDA looks at those six and says, "This sure is scientific!", and they approve that drug application. ["Big Tobacco and Big Pharma: same tactics, different chemicals," Jun 7, 2005,]

Protecting Pharmaceutical Profits
Americans currently pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. Canadians, Europeans, and even citizens of Mexico pay only about one-half to as little as one-tenth the price paid by Americans for the very same chemicals. Interestingly, drug companies actually import many of the raw materials used in drugs from other countries, meaning that some U.S. medicines are already sourced from countries like the U.K. and Germany.

Drug companies mark up their prescription drugs as much as 569,000% over the price of the raw materials. A typical markup is more in the 30,000% - 50,000% range. Retailing pharmaceuticals is hugely profitable. There is no business in the world with more profit built into the retail price of the product. How many business owners would like to have those profit margins? The purpose of restricting Americans from buying drugs from other countries is to enforce a medical monopoly in the United States, forcing consumers to purchase drugs at the highest prices in the world, further padding the profits of powerful and influential pharmaceutical corporations who exert strong influence over the U.S. Congress. [©Copyright 2006 Dr. Joseph Mercola. All Rights Reserved.]

It's all about making money, and selling a product to people. It's about exploiting the public for financial gain, while disregarding the true effects of your company's products on the public health.

In the U.S., prescription drugs have increased over the past decade to 3.4 billion annually, a 61 percent increase. Retail sales of prescription drugs jumped 250 percent from $72 billion to $250 billion, while the average price of prescriptions has more than doubled from $30 to $68.

PfizerIndustry giant and market leader, Pfizer pleaded guilty in 2009 to the largest health care fraud in U.S. history and received the largest criminal penalty ever levied for illegal marketing of four of its drugs: Bextra, Geodon, Zyvox, and Lyrica. Called a repeat offender, this was Pfizer's fourth such settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice in the previous ten years. But, has anyone from Pfizer ever been sent to jail for their crimes? Of course not. Instead the burden of their crimes have been carried by their client drug users... YOU!

Trillion Dollar Pharmaceutical Scam
In an early morning stealth vote, the U.S. Congress passed a Prescription Drug bill called, "Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act" that essentially guaranteed huge profits for the pharmaceutical industry at the expense of the American people. A key point of this bill prohibits the Federal government from negotiating discounts with drug companies. This Medicare drug plan fiasco enriches pharmaceutical companies, fleeces taxpayers, and forces millions of older Americans to accept inferior drug coverage. Many representatives who voted in favor of this drug scam were later offered million dollar jobs from the pharmaceutical industry.

Drug companies had a deep hand in steering the Medicare prescription drug bill which has provided them with enormous profits. Watch the 60 Minutes presentation by Steve Kroft about the Medicare Prescription Drug Bill and Washington Lobbyists below...

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