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Protecting “Their” Interests!

by Kim Risley on June 30, 2010

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Here is what the pharmaceutical companies are making (yearly). Source: Forbes 500, 2002 Revenue

  • Cardinal Health (healthcare) $47.9 Billion
  • Merck (pharmaceuticals) $47.7 Billion
  • Pfizer (pharmaceuticals) $32.3 Billion
  • Glaxo Smith Kline (pharmaceuticals) $29.5 Billion
  • Bayer (pharmaceuticals) $27.1 Billion
  • United Health Group (healthcare) $23.4 Billion
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb (pharmaceuticals) $21.7 Billion
  • Pharmacia (pharmaceuticals) $19.3 Billion
  • Novartis (pharmaceuticals) $18.9 Billion
  • Amerisource Bergen (healthcare) $15.8 Billion
  • WellPoint Health Networks (healthcare) $12.4 Billion

Markups of pharmaceutical drugs

Celebrex 100 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $130.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.60
Percent markup: 21,712%
Claritin 10 mg Consumer Price (100 tablets): $215.17
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.71
Percent markup: 30,306%
Keflex 250 mg Consumer Price (100 tablets): $157.39
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.88
Percent markup: 8,372%
Lipitor 20 mg Consumer Price (100 tablets): $272.37
Cost of general active ingredients: $5.80
Percent markup: 4,696%
Norvasec 10 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $188.29
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.14
Percent markup: 134,493%
Paxil 20 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $220.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $7.60
Percent markup: 2,898%
Prevacid 30 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $44.77
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.01
Percent markup: 34,136%
Prozac 20 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $247.47
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.11
Percent markup: 224,973%
Tenormin 50 mg Consumer price (100 tablets): $104.47
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.13
Percent markup: 80,362%

It would be nice if my husband and I could have those types of profits in our business! This is why BIG Pharma is protecting its ability to market to the general public and to keep “cheap” natural products that work away from people. All these medicines also have side effect that can be very harmful to you and can cause “other” illnesses.  This is a link that I found about Paxil’s side effects and withdrawals.  You have to scroll down to see the list and the list is BIG!

It’s amazing that  ”Paxil” which costs $220.27 yet can be made for only $7.60 has 192 withdrawal symptoms! I am often astounded the number of people that are still taking this medicine and the number of doctors that are prescribing them; even with all these side effects.  My husband and I won’t even take an aspirin. (Actually, we never have to).

There are many ways to handle, naturally, the problems that “Paxil” is trying to solve. These can range from activities (including good communication), to nutrition, to exercise, to, sometimes, just getting once own production up. A good game can solve countless problems. And these do not have side effects other than greater happiness, health and well-being.

It seems a lot of people turn to an easy fix and don’t think of what will happen in the future.  Turning to BIG Pharma to fix a problem that can be done naturally, that’s what too many people do.  Doing something that is natural can sometimes take a bit longer (sometimes it doesn’t).  With natural medicine it doesn’t take place over night. Bad situations do not usually occur “over night” nor shall they go away so fast. But covering them up with these expensive drugs is dangerous and ineffective. That is my opinion.

Be proactive about your health, then you can avoid getting in the circle of  drugs and BIG Pharma.  My  husband and I are doing just that,  we are being PROACTIVE and in CONTROL of  our health.  It’s the only way to truly live a healthy life.

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John423 July 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Very nice site!

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