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Inside the corpocracy: Big pharma and servile government

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This article begins the second in a series that takes an inside snapshot of American industries along with their control of a servile government. The first in the series was a three-part synopsis of the military/industrial/political triumvirate, the most deadly and destructive part of the entire corpocracy. [1] The present article overviews another industry that is often deadly, the pharmaceutical industry, along with a servile government that provides a variety of hand outs, including stay-out-of-jail passes, and that exercises perfunctory oversight. Additional overviews of the other components of the healthcare industry will be written next before going on to other industries. 


What's in your medicine cabinet? Bad Pills?


Never take for granted the quality, appropriateness and cost of any prescribed medications you may have. You need to be aware of how unsafe and deadly drugs may be, how drugs are developed and tested, how new drugs get approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), how new drugs are promoted, how drugs are priced and marketed, how unscrupulous big pharma can be in other ways, and how government serves big pharma at the jeopardy of the general public's health and safety.


What do you think causes the most American deaths every year? Cancer? No. Heart attacks? No. Conventional medicine? Yes. While the healthcare industry and government would have us believe otherwise, conventional medicine reportedly kills more Americans every year (about 800,000) than were killed during the entire Civil War. [2] This "death by medicine" annual toll includes about 100,000 Americans who die from "bad pills." Every year.


Some Examples of How Big Pharma Endangers our Health [3]


In Developing and Testing New Drugs


Spikes blood samples. Uses improper techniques to test its drugs. Intimidates its scientists, threatening them with going to jail unless they stay silent on fraudulent testing practices. Uses falsified trial results to swindle the U.S. government out of "hundreds of millions of dollars" for an inadequate vaccine. Uses animal antibodies to artificially inflate test results. Hires ghost writers to write up studies avoiding unfavorable findings and signs on academics as "authors." Withholds data on side effects and does not include in the final report to FDA the handwritten "corrections" of original tabulations of the data. In submitting its new generic product for testing, hides regular brand under the pill coating fearful that the generic brand wouldn't pass the test. Relies heavily (about 40%) on the outsourcing of drug development to foreign suppliers, some with dubious records of quality control in order to reduce costs and increase profits.


In Getting New Drugs Approved by FDA


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Retired organizational psychologist.

Author of "911!", The Devil's Marriage: Break Up the Corpocracy or Leave Democracy in the Lur ch; America's Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying; and Corporate Reckoning Ahead.

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