Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Health Blogarithm 29th December 2009

Medicines Australia, the barking dog of the drug industry picked on a slow day in the media calendar to put pressure on the Commonwealth Government to provide more incentives for the industry to bolster its research efforts and export more drugs.

They’re dreaming. They’re a pack of shysters.

This is one of the most protected industries in Australia. The Government forks out $6B a year in subsidies for people prescribed medicines by their doctor.

A high proportion of these drugs are junk medications, designed to mask the symptoms of metabolic, musculo-skeletal and psychological dysfunction and not restore poor function to good.

Whenever a junk medicine is prescribed you know it’s the wrong prescription. The members of Medicines Australia don't give two hoots. They're laughing all the way to the bank – and they want more.

A high proportion of the money the industry receives goes into marketing of these junk medications to doctors, by way of silver-service dinners and junkets.

A high proportion of the research efforts are aimed at producing drugs that are no more efficacious than drugs that have been around for donkey’s years.

Like performing dogs, and masquerading as research institutes, the sheltered workshops for the academically gifted are addicted to the milk and honey that flows from soft-touch drug industry tits, playing the game of mixing government money with drug industry money to do more junk research on more junk drugs.

The research industry plays a pivotal role in supplying the drug industry with credibility in the form of research papers, seminars and professional development activities for the prescribers of those drugs. It’s an industry that turns on government money to perform all manner of back scratching, head patting and brown-nosing activities.

On the trackSpent a cautious 15 minutes on the treadmill, followed up by a 60 minute walk along the beach. Got sunburnt. Should have kept my shirt on.

Achilles holding up well. Spending more time on my back with my legs in the air.

In the meantime stay tuned, highly tuned and remember, very few people got fitter or healthier in a chemist’s shop.

John Miller

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