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Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare

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The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don't sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs. This is what makes drugs so different from anything else in life...Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors...the reason patients trust their medicine is that they extrapolate the trust they have in their doctors into the medicines they prescribe. The patients don't realise that, although their doctors may know a lot about diseases and human physiology and psychology, they know very, very little about drugs that hasn't been carefully concocted and dressed up by the drug industry…If you don't think the system is out of control, then please email me and explain why drugs are the third leading cause of death…If such a hugely lethal epidemic had been caused by a new bacterium or a virus, or even one hundredth of it, we would have done everything we could to get it under control.'
Source: Radcliffe

Danish academic personality accuses Pharmaceutical companies of behaving like mafia

Monday, 02 September 2013
A Danish academic personality has accused Pharmaceutical companies of operating using methods he described as Mafia approaches in which they carry out illegal marketing and tinkering with research which end up costing hundreds of thousands of lives each year.

In a new book, which violently attack the pharmaceutical industry, Professor Peter G°tzsche, who leads the independent research institution, Nordic Cochrane Centre, wrote about what he finds scary about this sectors which many see and the strong money spinner after commodities such as oil.medicine

"I have examined the ten largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and found out that their business model meets the criteria for organized crime. I have also looked at other companies in the sector and concludes that they commit the same kind of crime," says Peter G°tzsche to Danish television News.

In the book titled " Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted healthcare"  or the Danish title "D°delig medicin og organiseret kriminalitet," Peter G°tzsche cite numerous examples of cases, particularly in the United States, where pharmaceutical companies have been convicted of wrongdoing or have reached a settlement of up to several billion dollars.

"It's about deception of the public funds, which constitutes a huge theft of taxpayers' money. And it's largely about illegal marketing and greatly bribery of doctors."

According to Peter G°tzsche,  there will be more and more such crime in the future as pharmaceutical firms are doing all they can to arm twist politicians so that their products,  even as bad as ineffective, to not very costly to be included in menu of regular prescriptions or sold as prized products.

He stress that very the large fines and settlements of billions is far from the level ten years ago. There is no question of individual brands going under but on the whole, the industry is rotten.

The book also criticizes the pharmaceutical firms' methods of getting their  medications approved for usage as the professor continues to shoot the industry by saying that they design the tests, which are presented for approval, so they get the results they want.

They even analyze their own data, which, he claims there is an extensive manipulation of the data." If this does not help, one can fail to publish the experiment," says Peter G°tzsche.

He also accused the companies of too often to hide lethal side effects of medication when it appeared on the market and to try to spread the medication for other treatments than those approved.

"Earnings is all it is about. However, the organized crime makes it easy for hundreds of thousands of patients to die each year. And many of them did not even know the effect of the medicines they were treated with," says G°tzsche.
According to him, medicine is the third leading cause of death in the Western world, after heart disease and cancer.

He will said that through his book, there could be some more knowledge on how the pharmaceutical industry works and  for that reason it could "change the world a little bit. It is harmful for both patients and taxpayers what is going on. We simply must do something about the crime," says G°tzsche.

The pharmaceutical industry's trade association in Denmark, LIF, according to Danish television,  got the book a few days ago, but despite repeated requests have failed to make a comment about such scalding allegations contained in the book that will soon be read by millions.

The book is published today as an e-book in Danish, published by People's Press, and will later come in a printed version. A few days ago, it appeared in the English language published by Radcliffe.
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