Some of the bestselling drugs for Big Pharma have gone off-label. These include Lipitor, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Singular, and Concerta. Even though these drugs have gone off patent, it isn’t going to stop the company from earning a profit. Pharma has designed new marketing strategies that recycle old drugs and market diseases to ensure sales of their new drugs.
This is a common tactic by pharmaceutical companies to maintain their profit margins and keep their companies controlling the market. Unfortunately, this can mean that companies will rush drugs to the market without properly testing them, which can lead to life-altering personal injuries. If you have been injured as a result of the negligence of a drug manufacturer, contact a drug injury lawyer today.
Changing Direction With Ritalin
According to reports, Pharma has successfully been able to get four to eight million adults and five million children diagnosed with ADHD. Now the company is looking for new markets that they can use drugs that were previously targeted at ADHD individuals. It seems that Pharma has decided that Ritalin can now be used to help with eating disorders. One research study shows that a woman who battled with bulimia nervosa, alcohol and cocaine dependence, bipolar I disorder, ADHD, and panic disorder “achieved a sustained (>1 year) remission” when Ritalin was added to her assortment of other drugs.
Another new direction that Pharma is targeting is pregnant women. A new paper has noted that removing Ritalin during a women’s pregnancy “may present a significant” risk. The same paper suggests that children developed normally even when they were exposed to the drug in utero. The drug company is also looking to target elderly individuals with Ritalin. It has been found that ADHD drugs may improve older adult’s gait function. Also, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is undergoing a study to see if Ritalin can decrease apathy in Alzheimer patients.
Hormone Replacement For Men
“Low T” is a recent “disease” that is heavily marketed. This alleged disease refers to decreasing levels of testosterone in men. Women have been marketed for hormone replacement drugs for over 50 years, and now men are in the hormone marketing cross-hairs. Something that is missing in both of these campaigns is the fact that losing hormones is not the cause of aging, but rather, aging is the cause of losing hormones.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved many different testosterone boosting products. These products include injections, patches, pills, gels, and solutions that are applied topically. The first underarm testosterone replacement product was approved this past November. These products do come with an assortment of different risks as well. Some risks of using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) include heart failure, liver toxicity, prostate problems, sleep apnea, and potentially increase the risk of prostate cancer. Testosterone products that are injected have been found to cause embolisms and allergic reactions, which could be fatal.
Mentally Ill Addicts and Alcoholics
One of the best recovery methods that addicts and alcoholics have are free programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. These programs work and have good numbers for rates of recovery. Leave it to Big Pharma to try and make money off recovering alcoholics and addicts. The drug company is attempting to pressure doctors and rehab facilities to diagnose recovering patients with mental illnesses in order to sell drugs. Additionally, Nora Volkow, who is the head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has been conducting experiments on primates in an attempt to create a vaccine for alcoholics or addicts. These experiments are cruel to the animals and should not be allowed. The question is whether these alcoholics and addicts would even take such a vaccine. For most individuals struggling with alcohol or drugs, they enjoy taking these substances. Even when they want to quit doing them, the denial stage sets in, and it is unlikely that they will want to take a vaccine that will “cure” them of their “illness”.
According to reports, these vaccines will be marketed at people who are “at risk” of addiction based on their family history and brain scans. It seems as if these areas target people non-voluntarily. In other words, Big Pharma seems to be marketing drugs for the treatment of diseases that don’t even exist in a particular individual yet.
Diagnosing drugs to put people to sleep has earned extensive profits for Pharma. In fact, the company has even segregated the insomnia market so they can use different pills for various types of insomnia. These categories include acute, chronic, initial, transient, delayed-onset, middle-of-the-night, and early-morning awakening insomnia. It also is not an accident that insomnia drugs cause a hangover feeling that require wake-up drugs, and wake-up drugs cause insomnia. It is as simple as prescribing not one pill, but two pills, to cure each other’s problems. A pill to wake up and a pill to go to sleep. This has become a norm in our society and also a way that Big Pharma rakes in the dough.
Pharma has recently reported that insomnia creates a risk factor for depression, and treating insomnia is thereby helping and treating depression. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry wrote in their December issue that “if sleep disturbance is persistent and impairs daytime functioning, then it should be recognized and treated.” It seems that drug companies will do anything these days to increase sales. Sometimes this desire to increase profits leads to unfit drugs coming to the market, which can cause serious personal injuries. If you have been harmed by a defective drug, call a Drug Recall Injury Lawyer today.
Chronic Immune Disorders “For Sale”
Plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis are uncommon disorders, but Big Pharma markets them to be much more common than they are. Genetically engineered drugs such as Humira, Enbrel, Remicide, and Cimzia have been prescribed more and more to treat these autoimmune disorders. Pharma reels in approximately $20,000 per year per patient with these prescriptions, which makes for a pretty nice payday considering a number of individuals who use these drugs. Now it is much easier to understand why you see such an abundance of advertisements and marketing campaigns for these types of drugs because the pharmaceutical companies make so much money off of them.
Ads for expensive pharmaceutical injected drugs have been seen in college newspapers making it seem like they are for everyone, instead of people with not-so-common illnesses. The ads don’t inform the consumer that they suppress the immune system, which can increase the risk of super bacterial and fungal infections, such as herpes and rare forms of cancers.
Neurontin is a drug used for seizures that have not turned out too well for Big Pharma. In 2008, a division of Pfizer, pled guilty to promoting the drug illegally for bipolar disorder, migraine headaches, pain, and alcohol and drug withdrawal. In fact, the drug was only approved for pain following shingles and epilepsy and postherpetic neuralgia. Pfizer paid $430 million dollars as punishment for their negligent actions. Also, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer promoted these illegal uses while they were already under probation for illegal activities associated with Lipitor.
Pfizer used an intricate “publication plan” to get marketing papers disguised as actual science in medical journals. The company planted 13 different ghostwritten articles in various medical journals promoting uses for Neurontin that weren’t approved. Pfizer also initiated a “Study of Neurontin: Titrate to Effect, Profile of Safety trial”, better known as STEPS trial, that was discovered to be a fraudulent study.
It was actually reported that the STEPS trial was a marketing and sales tool used to inspire the 772 investigations who were participating in the trial to prescribe the drug, Neurontin. Neurontin has also recently popped up in scientific journals as being effective for menopause, chronic cough, and insomnia. These allegations seem about as believable as their past claims.
Bad Drug Lawyer
Pharmaceutical drugs can cause serious injuries. Oftentimes, big drug companies are far more concerned with their bottom line than they are with the individuals who are taking their drugs. This can lead to drugs being rushed to the market, which in turn can lead to adverse reactions and personal injuries. A defective drug lawyer can hold these large companies responsible for their negligent actions. If you have been injured as a result of a defective drug, call Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers today by using our toll-free 24-hour representatives or contacting us online. We will go to battle against these negligent drug companies to earn you the money you deserve.