Corruption in the Pharmaceutical Industry Essay

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One thing is guaranteed to happen; people will always get sick. Diseases and bacteria are always changing and the human body’s immune system isn’t always prepared to fight it off. The pharmaceutical industry knows this, and that’s why they are a multi-billion dollar industry. Today, you will see a pill that will virtually cure every kind of “disease” out there whether it’s physical, emotional, or neurological. What is a “disease”? Supposedly if you have constant headaches, you have a disease. If you’re overweight, you have a disease. If you have trouble concentrating, you have a disease. Any little problem that you can think of, there most likely will be a pill out there that will “cure” that problem. First, your body is the only thing …show more content…
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opiate, which derives from opium. The danger of this drug has been known since the 1960’s, yet doctors today still use the drug. The problem with Oxycodone is it only worked for about 2-3 hours at a time. In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Oxycontin. Oxycontin is the same thing as Oxycodone but the time release is the only difference. The manufactures made it were the drug can last about 12 hours long. Our government knew of the dangers of Oxycodone but yet still approved Oxycontin with very little concern. In 1996, police personnel, pharmacists, and drug rehabilitation centers noticed a huge problem with the new drug. They noticed more and more people started to get addicted to it. The drug was such a sensation that the manufacture made over a billion dollars the first year it was released. Now the drug is so popular in the hospitals and in on the streets. Millions of dollars is being off of this drug. The manufacture knew about the harmful side effects which include: Increase pressure of the brain and spinal fluid, headaches, nausea, seizures, heart failure, respiratory depression, and even overdose. So many over-the-counter drugs have the same side effects. Why are our medical providers still providing us with drugs with such harmful side effects? We take these drugs to try to get better, but we don’t know anything about them so we trust a health care provider to give us the right treatment. Then

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