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  1. tmana
    tmana July 16, 2008 at 8:43 am | | Reply

    Scary… but understandable when you realize that these companies stay in business by making us dependent upon their products… and when one of their products doesn’t perform as expected, “correcting” it by adding in another of their products… and so on, and so on, and so on, until we are walking chemical zombies rather than human beings.

    Reminds me a bit of the “salt in her coffee” episode of The Peterkin Papers, where everyone in the family tried to salvage Mrs. Peterkin’s ruined coffee by adding more and more additives, making it worse and worse, until someone finally asked the advice of the wise lady from Philadelphia, who said, simply, that Mrs. Peterkin should just make another cup of coffee.

    For good or ill, we can’t “just make another body” when ours fail…

  2. aaron
    aaron July 16, 2008 at 12:48 pm | | Reply

    So, why do you refer to them as X-Y-Z Pharm instead of exposing them for who they really are? I’m sure they’re pleased that your article preserved their anonymity.

  3. CALpumper
    CALpumper July 16, 2008 at 6:33 pm | | Reply

    Ah yes Amy the neutral diplomat here. Kudos to you on that Amy, I am sure it was somewhat difficult but you reported on it all very, very well.

    Your little “WtF’s” were very poignantly placed. Well done.

    It is an insiders’ pov on such matters that we need to know more about. It is unfortunate that people with illnesses or health problems are treated as a route to the big pharma jackpot. I may not like having T1 but I am thankful I only need insulin. I fear and feel sad for the T2s since their management revolves more around oral medication in which big pharma is just running amuck with.

    Thanks for posting this Amy and if someday you can “cough up the X, Y and Z’s” were reading. ;-)

  4. LaurenK
    LaurenK July 16, 2008 at 10:40 pm | | Reply

    The people in the labs who are responsible for the breakthroughs and the new therapies are the ones to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. And trust me, those people are not making millions. I have a professor who worked on insulin genes in the eighties and helped paved the way for rDNA origin insulins. He worked on a pioneering project, but he’s not counting his millions.

    I worked in medical clinics for years and grew to despise drug reps. They were always well-coiffed and good-looking, but their science was shaky and they spewed the party line over and over again. And yes, they would push products when they were clearly not appropriate and even dangerous. The drug company PR machine is frightening. Another example of the danger of the free market in health care.

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