Big Pharma Spent $27 Billion Marketing to Doctors in 2012

Written by on January 23, 2016 in Big Pharma, CDC, EPA & FDA, Health with 39 Comments

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By Christina Sarich | Natural Society


“Drug companies are like high school boyfriends. They’re more interested in getting inside you than in being effective once they are there.” This is just one of the hilariously-accurate remarks made by John Oliver, who was a hopeful replacement for Jon Stewart on the Daily Show.

Oliver made his comments on HBOs Last Week Tonight, in a 17-minute long, scathingly honest diatribe about how the pharmaceutical industry bribes doctors to sell us drugs we don’t really need.

Oliver doesn’t just capitulate to the masses with a few moments of comedic brevity, either. He also steers viewers to a website where they can look up doctors and see what kind of bribes they’ve been accepting from pharmaceutical companies.The site launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) displays the Open Payments website, a database designed to publicly display the payments and other transfers of value pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers have made to physicians and teaching hospitals.

According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, more than $27 billion was spent on marketing to physicians by the pharmaceutical industry in the year 2012. You can do a search to find out if your doctor has been taking money from Big Pharma.

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  1. 10153282476401373@facebook.com' James Slattery says:

    Triple Dippers! Health Insurance, patient fees and big pharma payoffs. Sick.

  2. 159301371094190@facebook.com' John Pinard says:

    Mixed feelings. Until Obama care or better known as the unaffordable care act, we had the best health care system known to human history . We need competition and profit motive to drive this engine forward . That said, the ethics of doctors and avoiding conflict of interest and the best interest of the patient must be first and foremost in a physicians priorities.

    • 620282434776328@facebook.com' Kai Fraz says:

      When you use words like competition and profit, “ethics” looses its place in the fight. just saying

    • 159301371094190@facebook.com' John Pinard says:

      Kai Fraz . It’s a thin line for sure. But profit in and of itself is not unethical. Just the opposite . It is probably the most moral method. However, there are cases where doctors over prescribe and intentionally mis diagnose and that is a significant problematic issue.

    • 620282434776328@facebook.com' Kai Fraz says:

      I agree. The thing is that when it comes to money, most humans are unethical. Look at who’s in power. 65 people have 1.6t in the world’s wealth. They can fix everything with the signing of one financial document. But will they? Nope. So where do we draw the line? Or are we able to? We sure are able to, but we won’t is where I am getting. When someone makes a profit, they always want more. Profit turns into greed. That is why the
      rich stay rich.

    • 10206637120620676@facebook.com' Ev Terlinchamp says:

      John I don’t know where your opinion about the the us Healthcare system being the best in the world came from, but it is neither qualified nor quantified statistically. I worked in the health care delivery system for over 35 years in the medical mecca of the Seattle area and saw it both decline and eroded by the loss of ethics from pushing an ever more profitable prescription model. The corporatization of the delivery system means providers cannot make care individualized in their patient best interests. This has been agressively changing long before Obama care. So I guess your completely unqualified opinion is due to some personal profit motivation. Teaparty much?
      In addition the USA health care delivery system is ranked way down there statistically.

    • 159301371094190@facebook.com' John Pinard says:

      I was a patient in England and our system is better. Not even close .

    • 159301371094190@facebook.com' John Pinard says:

      Ev Terlinchamp . Personal experience. Socialism and government run health care is the bane of society

  3. 10153563269628124@facebook.com' Marilyn Lozano says:

    Jairo Garcia

  4. 620282434776328@facebook.com' Kai Fraz says:

    Why do we have companies that “sell” things to hospitals anyway? Why is that a normalcy in this fucking country. That is just asking to be taken advantage of! If someone came into McDonald’s with beef and wanted to sell it to the CEO to change the meat on the menu I bet that the CEO will have that hustler escorted out.

  5. 10208062889751225@facebook.com' SB Stolley says:

    We knew this over 20 yrs ago. And knowing about it has changed it…….how………..

  6. 998120423577731@facebook.com' Sukha Bhucho Sukhdev says:

    Ya its true but i doubt its true in us too And now we r sure these malpractice is running in every corner of planet ..clean sweep ..wow

  7. 10208371429514108@facebook.com' Joe Nacke says:

    chit, look @what they are spending on worthless/useless Corporate Tveee…. any wonder the Rx prices are sky high

  8. 10207378591445987@facebook.com' Andrew Sansom says:

    and of course what they mostly get free is magazines full of articles paid for by big pharma talling then what is good and not good

  9. 1218933524803326@facebook.com' Randy Main says:

    Any one else have those moments during reading the days posts, where you just want to sweep your arm across the chess board , and leave the board clean ………………Greed..Everyone’s learned how to play ‘the’ game …When are they going to learn ‘not’ to ..Sad

  10. 1481035618876924@facebook.com' Christie Gil says:

    I’m really happy and proud this Concious Life page is highlighting the big pharma issue more. This is good.

    These people own us. They own everything. They usher us into the world with drugs in our system, they keep drugs and poisons in our system, they keep us alive, they keep us sick, they take all our money……

    And if you look close enough, they have their tentacles in EV.ER.Y.THING.

    THIS IS YOUR ENEMY.

  11. 677161089082794@facebook.com' Dlav Gaucher says:

    Absolutely true

  12. 1123136087713767@facebook.com' Ivan A Hernandez says:

    Elda Ernesto Ramos

  13. 1123136087713767@facebook.com' Ivan A Hernandez says:

    Rene Vela Jr.

  14. 807687949360589@facebook.com' Greg Palmer says:

    I’m sorry that most people don’t know this already.

  15. 10205424757767898@facebook.com' Janice Greer says:

    As a nurse of 40 yrs spot on

  16. 10153851948304120@facebook.com' Jacquie Zepeda says:

    Don’t be a gullible pill popper. They will eventually kill you or suppress your immune system

  17. 1063565703696291@facebook.com' Jeff Andrews says:

    to replace guilt with more goodies

  18. 879081712198678@facebook.com' Judi Willis says:

    The same folks who want to pass laws to make all their shots mandatory.

  19. 637215269714871@facebook.com' Samia Ouamrane says:

    We know it since many many years, and.ALL THE MEDICAL DISORDERS ARE SILENT AND GUILTY…..What are you write to them. I DID….I ask them for a meeting while i will injecte them vaccines and feed them with ASpartame and GMS…..

  20. 10154045103669610@facebook.com' Tammi Peterson says:

    Si true

  21. 1667214156872548@facebook.com' Linda Hand says:

    They. Suck

  22. 10206542453974997@facebook.com' Mollie Holtman says:

    He’d better watch his back! They could send a hit man to get rid of him.

  23. 1047250945338951@facebook.com' Sandy Otto says:

    And, it’s not going to change!

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  25. 10208321771347437@facebook.com' Felicia Walker says:

    And THAT 27-BILLION Dollars is passed on to you. The insured!

    Do you ever remember as a child drug advertisements on TV???

  26. 1663240813945922@facebook.com' Darrell Warrington says:

    It is true I believe but depends on ethics of Dr.

  27. 222762868060740@facebook.com' Mackey Wackey says:

    I saw this in action as a medical receptionist. They are so pushy and will say and do anything to get the job done. Schmoozers the lot of them.

  28. 10206045713960306@facebook.com' Thomas Chenhall says:

    That $27 billion is a waste of humanity.

    The money would be better spent if it could lead to people not using these barbaric / satanic meds.

  29. 10207479875224579@facebook.com' Kathi Fair says:

    Drs. and big pharma need some BIG change. Don’t trust a Dr. who is pushing drugs, they are just paying for their vacations.

  30. 130962813721476@facebook.com' Cape Cod Organic Moms/Cape Cod Organic Kids says:

    good read

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