Big Pharma is a billion dollar industry and in this country, money coincides with power. Big Pharma is no stranger to using their capital to gain political and social influence. Specifically, the industry wields its leverage in systems whose exclusive purpose is to serve the public: the government, the doctors’ office and the industry of food-producing animals.
I want to examine how Big Pharma has affected our nation’s public health. Are pharmaceutical companies more concerned with the well being of their customers? Or have they evolved into an entity whose actions are motivated by greed?
The following as an outline of the next seven posts.
The Big Pharma Lobby: Part 1: Depicts the history of lobbying in America and goes on to describe the billions Big Pharma has spent on lobbying. The post also mentions policies that were manipulated by Big Pharma to better coincide with the industry’s objectives.
The Big Pharma Lobby: Part 2: Further elaborates on the impacted policies. Also explains how these regulations benefit Big Pharma and puts the nation’s public health in jeopardy.
The Role of Marketing: Part 1: Describes the consumer-oriented and physician oriented marketing strategies employed by Big Pharma. The post also talks about why it is essential for pharmaceutical companies to advertise.
The Role of Marketing: Part 2: Discusses how Big Pharma’s marketing method contributes to the country’s pill and diagnosis culture. Outlines the advertising crisis of drugs and also indicates the public health implications that stem from Big Pharma’s corrupt advertising approach.
Livestock and Superbugs: Part 1: Gives an overview of the relationship between Big Pharma, the meat industry and animal scientists. Also discusses the questionable interactions between FDA and Big Pharma.
Livestock and Superbugs: Part 2: Summarizes the health implications corresponding with feeding food-producing animals pharmaceuticals.
Conclusion: I will interpret the findings and dare to answer the questions posed earlier: Are pharmaceutical companies more concerned with the well being of their customers? Or have they evolved into an entity whose actions are motivated by greed?
Let’s get this party started!