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Big Pharma practices – Witty and thought provoking video!

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars marketing drugs to doctors…

This feature on Last week Tonight takes a witty but thought provoking look at the pharmaceutical industry.

Here are some of the concerning highlights of the this video:

  • 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug
  • 50% take at least two
  • more than 4 billion prescriptions were written in 2011
  • 330 billion dollars were spent on prescriptions in 2013 ($1000 dollars per person in the US)
  • Make sure you watch 3:04 to 4:18  Your blood pressure will go up
  • Doctors are asking pharmaceutical reps how to treat patients.
  • Pharmaceutical reps are undereducated and many have no medical background at all.
  • Pharma companies keep very detailed statistics about doctor prescription patterns and use them to influence doctor clinical decision making.
  • Drug reps ask doctors to prescribe medications for non approved use.
  • Doctors are payed to speak as “experts” for different drugs, but the doctors being paid are simply using scripts provided by the pharmaceutical company. (Summarised by Dr Peter Osborne)



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