Saturday, 22 November 2014

Health Care Serves the Pharmaceutical Industry

Health care in the context of this article comprises nursing homes that care for the elderly and care homes for people with neurological disorders due to birth defects, serious accidents, other violent injuries and crippling degenerative diseases.  They care for people who are expected never to recover and cannot care for themselves, and often have no mental capacity to make any decisions about their life at all.  However, other types of health care are likely to be the same to varying degrees.  In other words, health care services ... the pharmaceutical industry.

Here is an excerpt from a health care corporation that I will allow to remain anonymous for the purpose of this blog article because it is not unusual and I don’t want to single out any one company.  I make comments to the excerpt by using numbers as reference points to the discussion afterwards.

The pharmaceutical industry has greatly aided medical progress (1), and many new drugs have been discovered and produced in industrial laboratories (2). Identifying new drug targets (3), attaining regulatory approval (4), and refining drug discovery processes (5) are among the challenges that the pharmaceutical industry faces in the continual advancement of control (6) and elimination (7) of disease.

At (the company) we are proud of the direct links we have with many of our industry sponsors (8) and with our collaboration (9) in the development of new medicines (10). Through their sponsorship, we are able to add our expertise and facilities in the trialling of new drugs and medicinal products (11).

We welcome further links and invite enquiries from all prospective industry partners involved in the development of medicinal products for the mental health sector (12).

(1)  What is Medical Progress?

When I searched for ‘medical progress’ I came up with a definition of ‘progress’ in the Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012 which seems to be fitting although maybe unexpected.

Medical definition of Progress

1.  An advance; the course of a disease.

2.  To advance; to go forward; said of a disease, especially, when unqualified, of one taking an unfavourable course.

Most people would not guess that progress in the medical world means that a disease gets worse.  But it is an unfavourable course only for the patient.  It is favourable for the pharmaceutical industry and the health care industry.  After all, if patients recover or die, business declines.

(2)  What are Industrial Laboratories?

Industrial Laboratories is actually a US corporation that specialises in food and drug analysis that believes in human interaction!  That’s what they say on the front page of their website!  But industrial laboratories are all over the world and test chemicals on animals in cages, many of whom are genetically modified and cloned in the name of medical progress (as explained above).

(3)  Identifying New Drug Targets?

There are three likely drug targets:

(i)  new microbes

(ii)  new diseases

(iii)  financial goals

(4)  Attaining Regulatory Approval

The pharmaceutical companies attain regulatory approval (to some degree) with the evidence provided by the health care industry.

(5)  Refining Drug Discovery Processes

This involves mixing chemicals together to produce drugs faster and cheaper.

(6)  Advancement of control of disease

Going back to the definition of medical progress, this means that the rate of deterioration due to diseases is controlled. A good example is cancer.  The World Health Organisation predicts a 50% increase to 15 million new cancer cases on Earth by 2020. In the US Cancer Facts and FiguresThe 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 2003 and 2009 is 68%, up from 49% in 1975-1977.”  It is well known that more people are surviving serious diseases such as cancer and heart attacks, as well as traumatic accidents, but more people are experiencing these diseases.  This is control, but not cure.

(7)  Advancement of elimination of disease

If the disease cannot be controlled, it is to be eliminated.  This entails total annihilation of targeted microorganisms from the face of the earth that are identified as causing diseases.  It is called eradication and so far only one for humans comes under this heading and that is smallpox that was caused by either of two virus variants, Variola major and Variola minor (as of 1977).

(8)  Industry Sponsors

The pharmaceutical industry is clearly a sponsor, but the government makes many contributions, such as financial and legislation.

World-wide organisations such as the World Health Organisation also contribute with a lot of propaganda.

(9)  With Collaboration

Considering the definition of medical progress above, the health care industry is an accomplice to the pharmaceutical industry in this control exercise called medical progress.

(10)  Development of New Medicines

Now, we flip over from ‘drugs’ in the discovery stage to ‘medicines’ in the administering stage.  Many people do not realise that they are the same thing.

(11)  Through their Sponsorship ... in the Trialling of New Drugs and Medicinal Products

What is the sponsorship from the pharmaceutical companies?  Do they give drugs and medical products for free or just greatly discounted prices?  Are there other financial incentives?

Residents of care homes never pay for any medications, including PEG formulas (for those who cannot eat).  Medications are given for free through the National Health Service (NHS).  The taxpayer pays for them.  However, what I am still wondering is whether pharmaceutical companies ever approach care homes directly to supply unauthorised drugs for testing purposes.

(12)  Medicinal Products for the Mental Health Sector

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, there are over 800,000 known cases of dementia in the UK most of which are Alzheimer's with an additional 43% more unreported cases.  But there are lots of other mental problems in care homes such as aggressive behaviour.  Again, it’s all about control without cure or death.  It’s about control in the care home environment.  After all, the care home industry cannot afford to have its staff attacked by unruly mental defectives.  They must be kept under control and strait jackets and padded cells are not available in care homes and nursing homes (anymore).  The pharmaceutical industry is the reality of the modern health care industry.