Saturday, January 05, 2008

Big Pharma, Big Advertising

Mike the Mad Biologist:
PhRMA, the lobbying group for the pharmaceutical companies, claims that drug companies spend more on research than on advertising. A recent study from PLoS Medicine debunks this claim....

1 comment:

jenhargis said...

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The pharmaceutical companies need to stop advertising altogether. If it's not something I can go to the store right now and buy, I don't want to see a print-ad, tv spot or hear a radio commercial about it. If my doctor is not up-to-date on medications then I need a new doctor. I would very much like to see how the pharmaceutical companies justify charging $100 for ONE anti-osteoperosis pill. It matters not one bit that it's a month's dose. It's still ONE pill. I wonder what the breakdown is...$55 for the CEO, $30 advertising, $10 research, $2 for all of the other employees and $3 lawyer fees? The pharmaceutical companies, the insurance companies and the government need to stop taking advantage of the elderly and/or infirm. It's tantamount to murder.