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Advances in Complementary & Alternative medicine

It’s Time to Stop the Pharmaceutical Industry from putting Profit ahead of Health

  • Open or Close Mohamed Elmasry*

    Department of Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada

    *Corresponding author: Mohamed Elmasry, Professor, Department of Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada, Email: Elmasry@uwaterloo.ca

Submission: March 09, 2018; Published: March 14, 2018

Volume1 Issue5
March 2018

Abstract

For the past century the global pharmaceutical industry has increasingly placed money ahead of human well-being. It began by researching natural remedies discovered by our ancient ancestors, then synthesizing the active ingredients in their labs, patenting the process… and now, making billions. A recent report reveals that “Big Pharma fat cats have taken to extreme measures to ensure their drugs keep getting prescribed, namely bribing doctors in continuing prescriptions.” Among them, American drug manufacturer John Kapoor (founder and former CEO of Insys Therapeutics) was arrested in October 2017 charged with conspiring to bribe doctors to needlessly prescribe the powerful drug Fentanyl against the best interests of their patients.

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