How to be the world’s most inept drug pusher

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I would go down as the most inept drug pusher of all time.

I was dubious from the start as I listened to all these medical experts sponsored by the drug companies. I accept now that most drug treatment is useless and may harm the patient.

Placebos have always been an embarrassment (the researchers ignore it and hope it goes away), and iatrogenic  diseases, caused by diagnosis and drug treatment, have reached an alarming high.

No evidence statins increase longevity

Recently, the ABC’s science program Catalyst ran two programmes about high cholesterol and the multi-billion-dollar drugs now used to treat it. The researchers (mostly American) simply said there was no evidence that taking the statins would increase longevity.

They also said that drug companies had falsified evidence and down-played side effects.

Fears of litigation, where lawyers employed by drug companies will prosecute any doctor who doesn’t prescribe statins, means that Australian doctors always toe the line of least resistance.

Go back to animal fats

The American doctors suggest a good exercise regime, going back to animal fats, cutting out the expensive margarines — which taste like sludge — and reducing carbohydrates and junk food. Carbohydrate intake is currently recommended along with the statins and this seems to be a key factor in the staggering incidence of diabetes.

When I started in pharmacy, there were drug companies all over the world but they were more benign.

Burrows-Welcome in the UK and CSL in Australia were Government-run,  not-for-profit entities and they poured all their money into research. There would be hundreds of drug companies, all with 3 or 4 lines each, but they have now amalgamated into 5 or 6  world-wide monoliths.

Big Pharma is truly evil, as is Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Supermarket Chains, Big Grog suppliers, Big Fracking and other giant, piratical corporations now squeezing the life out of this planet.

Doctors have always taken bribes

Doctors have always taken bribes. Pharmacists also, but on a much lower scale (I have the best collection of pens), and one rep would shout me lunch at the local pub. Those were the good old days when we shut for lunch for an hour.

Now, doctors and researchers get overseas trips and all expenses paid just to spruik the drug companies’ latest propaganda.

Our politicians, off to the races, or weddings, or footy finals, or buying investment properties, could learn a thing or two.

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Robert Gosstray is a retired pharmacist and the resident health writer for Midlifexpress. He is the author of The Pharmacist's Secrets: Drugs, lies and money.


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