I’ve been known to sling around some fairly heavy-handed accusations regarding the pharmaceutical industry as of late, and I promise that skeptical attitude isn’t going anywhere, but I do have some good news from the medical world to share today.
But first, the reason for my angst against the Big Pharma lobby is simple: They make purposefully addicting drugs that are given an illusion of safety because they come from your doctor, a person who really shouldn’t ever fall out of your top-5 most trustworthy acquaintances. Unfortunately, that is precisely what is happening in America today.
Here’s a quick lesson on narcotic painkillers:
Opioids, such as Oxycontin and Morphine, are just FDA-approved forms of heroin…literally. The companies that make these drugs, much like the drug dealers who sell heroin to our young men and women, understand just how addictive the substances can be, and promote their use through doctors with kickbacks and incentive programs for prescribing them. Then, when these Americans get addicted to the pills, which they oftentimes do, they either need to continue getting them from their doctor through faking injury or simply having a lazy physician, or they turn to the much cheaper street heroin.
You can imagine where it goes from there, and it isn’t pretty.
For once, however, the government seems to be on the side of the patients however, as the President recently signed a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to attempt unproven and unapproved treatment methods in order to survive.
White House officials made the announcement on “right to try” in a call with reporters Friday.
The controversial bill, which cleared Congress on Tuesday, has been a priority for Trump and Vice President Pence all year and has been pushed by GOP mega-donors Charles and David Koch.
Passage of the bill is a victory for Trump, who personally called on lawmakers to send the measure to his desk, including an unexpected endorsement in his State of the Union address this year.
Right to try has drawn backlash from House Democrats and patient safety organizations, who worry sidelining the FDA puts patients in danger.
This will certainly lead to some strange attempts, but, if the bill works as intended, it will also open up a whole new avenue of medical research by the great people of America. Who knows? Perhaps the next big medical breakthrough will come to us from an ordinary American citizen battling extraordinary odds, and not from the greedy mitts of the Big Pharma-FDA money train.