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Study Exposes Corruption of U.S. Health Care, How Big Pharma Manufactures Consumer Demand

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Hanover, NH — Researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice produced a damning report on the U.S. health care system, describing how evidence-based research has declined and how the pharmaceutical industry manufactures demand.

“The pharmaceutical industry has influenced medical research in its favor by selective reporting, targeted educational efforts, and incentivizing prescriber behavior that influences how medicine is practiced, the researchers say.  The pharmaceutical industry has also spent billions of dollars in direct-to-consumer advertising and has created new disease labels, so-called disease-mongering, and by promoting the use of drugs to address spurious predictions.”

The degradation of health care is one of many ills brought about by corporatism. When big government and industry moguls come together, the truth and human rights suffer.

The authors note how “finance dictates the activity” instead of the rigorous scientific process that guides research in other fields. It has a direct negative effect on funding, on what gets published, and on communication about harms and benefits.

Drug trials that show positive results are quickly published and promoted, while trials that do not show beneficial effects remain unpublished. Industry-supported trials dominate the field, with an almost exclusive focus on health problems that expand market share.

“Solutions to these problems are visible but will be difficult to introduce unless there is a much wider recognition that healthcare has become less about well-founded, trusted relationships between healthcare professionals and patients,” Elwyn and Fisher say. “Rather it looks more like a profit-driven service industry, where commercial interests have influence the value chain.”

The authors make several recommendations to address the corruption in the health care system, seeking to strengthen the integrity of research and increase transparency and access to information.

The problem of industry manufacturing consumer demand is perhaps the most difficult to address. The recommendation here is obvious: be skeptical of industry claims, and that goes for the media too. Unfortunately, we know that mainstream media is but a mouthpiece for the pharmaceutical industry, and they’re both owned by the same barons.

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  • Profit over people’s health is ridiculous. Corporate greed is killing us all!!

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    Or many laws are for freedom.
    President Obama admitted to smoking marijuana on school grounds in college. Stated truth of it being far less harmful than alcohol consumption ( who drinks just one on campus? )
    Donate to LEAP and watch how quick your profiled as a suspected drug user. You then must prove innocence.
    They feed these drugs (pills) to children even when a parent says no. Its a sickness to have normal feelings as a child!
    Then the child is taught feel sad use pills! The pills don’t fix anything or cure anything.
    Then wonder why there are kids buying opiate pills to numb feelings when no physical pain exists. They were taught to , by
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  • Hillary is their patsy….

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  • don’t have to read about this to know it’s been going on a long time…..same way the oil companies manipulated gas prices for years only the drug companies are 10 times worse along with insurance companies and health care

  • nature heals…big pharma kills….

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  • Wes Petersen

    Great read. I have a similar article on exposednet.org. Keep up the great work.