Passage of the Day: “Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It”

“Obviously, there is no single source of the dysfunction in our health-care system, but the most powerful force driving this toxic combination of poor health care and high costs is Big Pharma’s influence on American medical care. And the reason the pharmaceutical industry has been able to achieve this” tail wags dog” position is that over the past 40 year’s, public funding for clinical research has declined allowing the drug companies to step in and fill the gap. This has led to increased commercial influence over much of the information that doctors rely on to determine optimal treatment for their patients. The pharmaceutical companies now control most of the medical research agenda, and their primary goal is not to improve American’s health but to maximise their own profits, which they do masterfully.”

“Sickening How Big Pharma Broke American  Health Care and How We Can Repair It” John Abramson, MD, MSc, Mariner Books, 2022

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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