In his newly published book, “Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It”, American physician Dr. John David Abramson criticizes “Big Pharma” and its lack of veracity.
Dr Abramson was part of Operation Warp Speed, a program initiated by the American government to accelerate the manufacturing and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine.
His experience in investigating the pharmaceutical industry extends to the Vioxx scandal of September 2004, when he published “Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine”. Just one week later, Vioxx was withdrawn in a massive drug recall, but not before killing 40,000 to 60,000 Americans. Despite providing greater relief than inexpensive, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, Vioxx posed a serious threat to the health of its consumers.
In a recent interview on the Patrick Bet David Podcast, Dr David Abramson said, “The risk is about having people conclude that what I’m saying is don’t take medicine, medicines don’t work, they're not worth the money, shut it down. That is absolutely not my position”.
Abrahamson’s criticism was made clear during his stay at one of the best teaching hospitals at Harvard, as he drew closer to certain death in his fight against life-threatening ventricular tachycardia. The day after doctors had performed the surgery that saved Dr Abrahamson’s life, it was recommended that he start taking cholesterol-lowering medicine.
Abramson questioned the article cited by his doctor, saying, “Do you know that when peer reviewers review articles for the best journals, those peer reviewers don’t get to see the real data from the studies?”. The doctor replied, “Yes I do”. Dr. Abramson then said, “If you know that the evidence that doctors have to rely on has not been vetted with a thorough independent analysis of the data, how can you possibly present yourself as a learned intermediary and recommend these treatments to other doctors and patients?”.
He further exposes how researchers at universities and non-profit institutions rely heavily on grants from pharmaceutical companies, and repeatedly blames them for pursuing profit over patient safety. This leads to an industry where doctors are prescribing expensive new drugs as opposed to older, cheaper drugs with the same rate of efficacy. Of accused drug companies such as Pfizer, he says, “They admit very bluntly that the purpose of the data is to support their marketing, not to improve the health of America”. This comes as Kansas City Chiefs tight end star Travis Kelce was paid 20 million dollars to endorse the COVID-19 vaccine this year.
Similar sentiments have been echoed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who filed a lawsuit stating that Pfizer’s claim of 95% effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine was misleading as they “unlawfully misrepresented the effectiveness” of the vaccine.
Pfizer responded in an email statement that the representation of the vaccine to the public has been “accurate and science-based”.
Abramson calls for more government regulation as the solution to this issue, and some further suggest research should be funded by the government and should be made public as soon as practical. This way, doctors could be confident that the articles they are reading in medical journals are not influenced by false claims about the benefits of a particular drug.
Edited By Sydney Smith
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