Outrageous Acts of Corporateness

  • Prescription Thugs

    Just got home from a private screening of PrescriptionThugs, Chris Bell's newest documentary which essentially claims that big pharma is killing Americans completely without conscience in the pursuit of ever higher sales and profits. The movie is compelling and begins with a not so subtle factoid that notes "Americans constitute 5% of the world's population and consume 75% of the world's pharmaceutical drugs."

    A friend of mine, Richard Taite, Director of Cliffside Malibu, has a featured role. Richard is (as always) hard nosed, no nonsense and pulls no punches on the aims and methods of big Pharma. They buy the political process, spending over $400,000 per year per Congressman on lobbying. They do it to make tons of money and when they get caught and fined, even to the extent of billions of dollars, they write it off as a cost of doing business.

    And then there are the segments with a former pharma rep giving us inside information such as how dozens of studies get buried while the two supporting the sought after conclusions are submitted to the FDA as part of the approval process. She goes on to claim that many big pharma products actually cause the symptoms they are designed to treat. And those that don't cause the specific symptoms for which they are prescribed cause other problems. Which (coincidentally, I am sure) the very same company has a drug to address.

    If you have lost a loved one to an accidental (or not so accidental) overdose of prescription drugs you owe it to yourself to see this film. If you have a loved one that is currently addicted to prescription or even street drugs, check out this film. If you work for or own stock in big pharma, check out this film.

    I would love to hear your views of this film.

    Find it at VUDU or I-tunes.

    And call me personally if this film touches you personally.  I understand. 310-704-8840.