Unethical practices - drug industry
john_de at ix.netcom.com
Mon Aug 28 21:13:19 EST 1995
In <41tiat$e0i at parsifal.nando.net> "John W. Barron"
<jwbarron at nando.net> writes:
>May I humbly suggest that you go back and do a little history
>Tagamet and H. pylori involvement discovery did not occur at the same
>time. Is it fair to go back and examine sales, and sales promotion
>practices which pre-dated a significant scientific discovery, which
>even today is not completely accepted by many involved in ulcer
>diagnosis and therapy.
I remember research suggesting a bacterial link 10-15 years ago.
>Also, to my knowledge, Tagamet was never designed or marketed as a
>"cure" for ulcers. That was to a great extent responsible for the
>constantly growing sales picture. Every person put on the drug
>remained a constant purchaser.
Right. All the more reason to want to suppress an effective cure if
the drug companies are really doing that sort of thing.
>BTW, how about market competition? Didn't Tagamet have a little?
>Did Tagamet remain the most prescribed prescription medication
>after Glaxo began their promotional activity?
Maybe so, but that is beside the point. Some sales are better than
>It is very easy to point to our pharmaceutical industry and sling
>arrows at its faults. But, please list for me the drugs that have
>been successfully developed and used in the U.S. which came
>from non-industry sources, such as universities, NIH, etc.
>I would very much like to have such a list. I think the other
>readers would profit from such information, also.
As I pointed out in my previous post, I am not slinging arrows at
anyone. I am only throwing a topic out for discussion. I do NOT think
the drug companies are guilty of anything in this case, but there are
those who do. I have no evidence of that so I can't say I belive it.
There are those who do, though. Thanks for your input.........
>John W. Barron, Pharm. D.
>email: jwbarron at nando.net
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