The Pharmaceutical Drug Cartel and the FDA

According to the Los Angeles Times, the California Association of Physicians and Surgeons, and even the Center for Diseases Control’s own admission, well over 100,000 people in this country die each year from “properly” administered prescription drugs. This is absolutely shocking!

One study has shown that more than two million American hospitalized patients suffered a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR) within a 12-month period and of these, over 100,000 died as a result. Likewise, roughly 36,000,000 adverse drug reactions are reported annually, resulting in more than 33.6-million admissions or hospitalizations all from drugs that the FDA has pronounced “safe effective.”

The media is not doing a very good job of reporting this ADR crisis. Instead, we hear the constant media drumbeat about the dangers of firearms, which are currently politically incorrect yet represent a minuscule fraction of the deaths in this country. Doctors who want to politicize gun deaths should clean up their own glass houses first. The real crisis is the failing health care or more accurately described as the sick care system. There are numerous reasons for this crisis.

One reason is that conflicts of interest represent a very real problem for public servants and those entities which have relationships with various government agencies. Numerous researchers have reported that the FDA receives money from the very entities it is suppose to be regulating and one consequence of this is the suppression rather than advancement of disease cures. Consider the following:

“According to a USA Today study, more than half of the experts hired to advise the government on the safety and effectiveness of medicine have financial relationships with the pharmaceutical companies that will be helped or hurt by their decisions. These experts are hired to advise the Food and Drug Administration on which medicines should be approved for sale, what the warning labels should say and how studies of drugs should be designed. The experts are supposed to be independent, but USA TODAY found that 54% of the time, they have a direct financial interest in the drug or topic they are asked to evaluate. These conflicts include helping a pharmaceutical company develop a medicine, then serving on an FDA advisory committee that judges the drug.

The conflicts typically include stock ownership, consulting fees or research grants.

Federal law generally prohibits the FDA from using experts with financial conflicts of interest, but according to the article, the FDA has waived the restriction more than 800 times since 1998.” (1)

The corruption of undisclosed financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies by supposedly unbiased researchers along with the staggering cost involved in bringing new drugs to market, which conveniently eliminates competition from all but the cartel heavyweights has been sparingly reported in the mainstream press. Consider one exception to this silence:

In the book a “World Without Cancer” by G. Edward Griffin. Griffin describes the politics of cancer therapy, in which he blows the lid off the all powerful international chemical and drug cartel that has dominated the direction of health care since early in the Twentieth Century in the United States. Griffin argues that not only has the Rockefeller-Farben cartel (2) been instrumental in fostering chemical based drug treatment as the basis for health care and they have been the dominant adversary against safer non-drug treatments. If Griffin is correct, who is the FDA protecting and serving? Clearly, not the consumer!

It should be noted that pharmaceutical drugs have absolutely no nutritional value, and at best offer temporary relief of symptoms while doing nothing to address the root causes of disease. Additionally, pharmaceutical drugs should be used very carefully because of the toxicity factor also known as the LD50 rating. LD stands for “Lethal Dose” and LD50 is the amount of a drug, given, which causes the death of 50% of a group of laboratory test animals. Also, it is well known that drugs can damage the liver and kidneys.

Do not forget, as sited above, adverse drug reactions are responsible for over 100,000 deaths each year plus the pain and suffering for those lucky enough to survive an ADR. The way to good health does not necessarily include the ingestion of toxic chemicals. Likewise, the reason for disease is not that we are deficient or lacking in deadly debilitating pharmaceutical drugs. In many cases, disease is the result of nutritional deficiencies and the resulting weakening of the immune system.

The recent ongoing attempt to abolish and subvert the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, which brought a measure of freedom back to consumers, in regards to their personal choices in the area of nutritional supplementation, should raise the ire of everyone who is concerned about their own health. This is an example of the pharmaceutical cartel and their political cronies within and along side of the FDA at work. Never forget, America is about freedom, especially freedom to make informed decisions concerning our own health care information, services we choose, our choice of treatments and products that we believe to be beneficial for our own health and wellbeing. See the National Health Freedom coalition web site (3)

36,000,000 adverse drug reactions and 100,000 deaths annually is a crisis!

Notes:

1. An article by Dennis Cauchon, the USA TODAY Newspaper, Sept. 25, 2000

2. G. Edward Griffin, World Without Cancer, Westlake Village, CA, American Media, 1997.

3. National Health Freedom Coalition at: nationalhealthfreedom.org/

Statistics can be found at: cancure.org/medical_errors.htm.

© 2004 By Jack Kettler

What Is a Compounding Pharmacy and Where Can We Find One?

These days the majority of medicine is coming directly from the large pharmaceutical companies. This trend started after the discovery of penicillin, with modern marketing techniques the drug manufacturing industry controls the drug production. Before the discovery of penciling and industrial production of drugs, compounding was the only technique that pharmacists could make a medicine based on doctor prescriptions. Compounding is defined as a small batch for a patient with a small production only.

There are many situations that a traditional pharmacy can’t provide a type of medicine that doctors, dentists, or veterans usually order for their patients.

These kinds of pharmacies provide medication for some of the following conditions: adrenal fatigue, andropause, autism, bio-identical hormones, dentistry, dermatology, pain management, palliative, pediatrics, podiatry, prescription, sports, thyroid hormones, veterinary, and wound care. There is not an accurate record for the number of compounding pharmacies in the U.S.

For many patients finding a local pharmacy is a stressful task. Some patients will contact their health insurance service providers for the list of the pharmacies nearby and sometimes their doctors will refer them to the local pharmacy.

There are two major directories with information about local compounding pharmacies in the U.S. and the world:

PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America) and IACP (International Academy of Compounding Pharmacies). These two directories have listed some of the compounding pharmacies in different states in the U.S. and other countries in the world.

According to the IACP only 1% to 3% of all prescriptions currently dispensed in the United States are compounded.

However due to the aging of baby boomers in the U.S., the demand for compounding medicine is growing fast and more patients will be looking for them in the near future.

There are newer online directories with more compounding pharmacies listed online. These websites provide more information such as online maps, contact phone numbers, websites and the type of medicine that pharmacies provide for their patients. They also allow patients to contact directly with pharmacies and even send the prescriptions online.

The next generation of directory will be providing mobile apps for smart phone users and indicates the pharmacies location and allows to upload or even scan the prescriptions and send it to the pharmacy using only the cell phone.

The compounding pharmacies are here to stay and their market share will be getting bigger. Compounding pharmacies are doing better and better helping the patients to get the required drug or medicine that they need.

Pharmacy Technician Salary Information

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist and help pharmacists distribute medicines. This involves taking information and filling up a prescription, counting tablets and measuring other prescription medicines, mixing medications and preparing creams or ointments, and prepares various other intravenous medications.

Thus, the role of a pharmacy technician is as important as other jobs in the medical field. Considering the tasks and responsibilities of a pharmacy technician, how much salary does one make in a year?

For those who are just beginning with their career as pharmacy technician, the salary can start at $7-$8 an hour, while those who have longer years of experience in the field can earn up to $13-$15 per hour. Roughly, that is $26,000-$29,000 annually.

Factors Affecting Compensation

Various factors help determine the salary of a medical practitioner such as location of practice, industry, years of service, and credentials considering that there are also technicians who earn up to $40,000 per year.

Salary according to State

According to studies, average rate for pharmacy technicians is from $12-$16 per hour, and among the highest paying States are:

– Alaska – $18.75 per hour ($39,100 per annum)
– Washington, California, and District of Columbia – $18.50 per hour ($38,500 per annum)
– Hawaii – $17.00 per hour ($35,300 per annum)
– Oregon and Nevada – $16.50 per hour ($34,300 per annum)
– Wyoming and Connecticut – $16 per hour ($33,500 per annum)

On the other hand, following are States that pay the least for pharmacy technicians:

– Puerto Rico – $9.60 per hour ($20,000 per annum)
– West Virginia – $11.90 per hour ($24,900 per annum)
– Mississippi, Alabama, and Kentucky – $12.20 per hour ($25,300 per annum)
– Virgin Islands, Arkansas, and Oklahoma – $12.40 per hour ($25,800 per annum)
– Ohio – $12.90 per hour – ($26,800 per annum)

Even though the above States pay lower than most other States, one thing that must be taken into account as well is that the above States have lower cost of living, thus, the per hour rates are still competitive especially after taxes and other fees have already been deducted.

Salary according to Industry

On the average, those who found employment in hospitals are said to receive higher pay than those working in pharmacies and drugstores.

– Hospital – $32,500
– Grocery Stores – $28,800
– Pharmacies and drug stores – $27,000
– Department stores (drugstores in malls) – $25,800
– Other stores – $25,400

Other Factors

As mentioned earlier, experience and credentials also determine the salary of practitioners. On the average, pharmacy technicians who have 3-7 years of experience can enjoy additional 10% salary increase per year, while those technicians who pass their certification can earn a one-time additional 10% increase on top of the regular salary. These are just a few of the reasons on how a pharmacy technician can earn up to $60,000 annually.

Employment Prospects

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, career prospects for these health professionals is positive and is expected to experience job growth by 32% of its current population of 335,000 practitioners until 2020 – that is about 110,000 job openings for pharmacy technicians.

Therefore, now is the best time to decide whether this is the best job for prospective students or professionals who want a career change.