This interview was done in 1996. UNFORTUNATELY, THE INFORMATION IS TIMELESS – BOTH THE TRUTH ABOUT CANCER and THE CONFLICT OF INTEREST BETWEEN BIG PHARMA AND SOME CANCER CENTERS AND SOME PHYSICIANS.
On September 8, 2018 the New York Times and ProPublica reported that Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s chief medical officer, Dr. José Baselga, also on the Board of Memorial Sloan-Kettering, failed to disclose millions of dollars’ worth of payments and did not disclose his financial ties from dozens of research articles in prestigious publications like The New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. Treatment recommendations could certainly be influenced by a physician’s or a center’s financial entanglements.
House of Representatives Bill 1313 will force you to disclose your genetic and health-related privacy that is collected in workplace wellness programs. If it passes, Congress will have betrayed Americans once again and Americans will fear discrimination and not get genetic tests that might save their lives, and not take part in vital research studies that could be lifesaving.
Big Pharma raise prices each year, or when a new indication is granted by the FDA, or by other ways. A new way of raising prices is the use of trickery.
GlaxoSmithKline chief executive officer Andrew Witty said the pharmaceutical industry’s estimate of $1+ billion in average cost to develop a drug is “one of the great myths of the industry,” according to Reuters March 15, 2013. Cost to discover new drugs is about 15% of what is estimated and 1.3% of revenues after deducting taxpayer subsidies.
The following are some lies that are sometimes told in medicine – excerpted from Chapter 21 Quality of Life and Ethics
Big Pharma can dodge paying their fair share of taxes while enjoying aggressively priced products in the United States. The U.S. Government has always protected Big Pharma.
The Trans Pacific Partnership is a massive trade deal soon to be completed. The text of the international trade deal is a closely held secret. Members of the US Congress can read it only if they agree to leave all recording devices, pens and their staffers out of the room. The Trans Pacific Partnership is a bad trade deal for all Americans and the world at large. If the Congress does this, our health policy will be compromised for years.
The best part of the 21st Century Cures Act if enacted into law would be for an increased NIH funding. But the rest could lead to approval of drugs and devices that are not safe and not effective.
We tend to shy away from talking about death and dying. Hope should always be given, but not false hope. We really need to start thinking in terms of EFFECTIVE or NONEFFECTIVE treatment and tell patients about treatments in those terms.