Unfortunately we have all been living under a very false view of how the medical profession works. It is common belief that the doctor you go to for treatment has been well trained and is up to speed on the best treatments for whatever ails us. This is generally true, but when you look a little deeper into how these doctors stay up to speed on the latest drugs for different conditions, we find that medical journals and courses that are run for them are the main sources of new information.

Many doctors are beginning to speak out when they themselves independently research the data presented in the reports and courses they rely on for the most accurate information, and find that the big pharmaceutical companies are the ones that do all the research on the new drugs and only publish the studies that make a new drug look good. The courses and those presenting them are being sponsored by these same companies. Closer inspection of the trials often find many errors and very poor methods being used, affecting the integrity and reliability of the statistics used. It may take many different trials to come up with a favourable result and trials that show the drug in a negative light never go forward to get published. These new drugs are then marketed to the doctors as the latest and greatest but are often more dangerous than the older, more proven drugs on the market. A drug company can have exclusive rights to a new drug for around 20 years, including the time it takes to test and release the drug, and therefore can charge high prices for these drugs. After the patent expires, cheaper versions can be produced by other companies. These generic drugs are far cheaper and local health providers such as New Zealand’s Pharmac can save millions on drugs subsidised for the public.

Doctors around New Zealand are now also starting to raise their concerns regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). If the TPPA is signed, the big pharmaceutical companies could force Pharmac to buy only the latest untried drugs, costing the government far more than they currently would pay and would also result in many generic drugs being removed from the subsidy list. These new drugs could lead to further health problems down the track as they do not have the proven track record of the older drugs. Another large issue is that if the industry funded trials show negative effects of a drug, there is an incentive to hide or manipulate results so that these drugs are approved, considering the large research and development investment and the potential for greater profits. It has even been proven that after finding that deaths have occurred related to a drug, some companies will stretch out the process to remove the drug so they can maintain the high profits for as long as possible. This mentality may be hard to believe but it has been born out of corporations that put profit before all else. Here is a list of the top 10 drug company settlements to reinforce the point.

Controversies exist regarding the relationships doctors have with the Pharma sales reps, and for anyone who has seen the movie Love and Other Drugs, you will have a fair idea of how the game works. Pharma reps entice doctors to prescribe their drugs by any means possible whether it be by gifting them golf clubs, a new car or an all expenses paid ‘conference’ in Hawaii. Due to a lack of research, the extent to which this occurs in New Zealand is currently unclear. Add to this the direct-to-consumer advertising in New Zealand and we have a recipe for disaster for the population’s health. If you are interested in this topic we highly recommend reading these books and doing your own research.

  • Pharmageddon by David Healy.
  • Side Effects: Death – Confessions of a Pharma-Insider by John Virapen.
  • Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre.
  • Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare by Peter C. Gotzsche

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