When you go to the doctor’s office, you probably see “HIPAA” on a sign or in the paperwork you fill out. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects your heath history and privacy. At least, on the surface…
The cholesterol drug Lipitor used to sell for $3.50 a pill.1 Now you can buy its generic version for less than 50 cents. Good thing…because insurance companies don’t usually pay for name-brand meds. But the major drug companies are pushing hard to make sure you can’t get your hands on generic meds.
As long as dangerous drugs continue to rake in billions of dollars, the FDA will continue to approve them. And keep them on the market. Regardless of the dangers.
Doctors have found yet another reason to push harmful drugs on to people. Women to be exact.
Over 37.5 million women are currently going through menopause.1 80 percent of them suffer from hot flashes and night sweats.2
And doctors think they have the solution: antidepressants.
Of course, we all know that drugs have side effects… often serious ones. But you certainly wouldn’t expect the drug you are taking to prevent a certain disease to actually make it worse. Or even cause the disease itself! But in fact, that is what many of them do.
A little over 30 years ago, Henry Gadsden was the CEO of Merck Pharmaceuticals. And he was distressed that his products were limited to sick people. He wanted to expand the market. In fact, he wished Merck could become more like “Wrigley’s chewing gum.” He openly dreamed of making drugs for healthy people. That way, Merck could “sell to everyone.”