Too many Normal Average Folks believe some way-out-whackiness simply because this system IS so obviously messed up and wasteful. The industry has enough challenges with strictly medical issues of efficacy. All the marketing crap just belittles those Real research and development problems.
FDA Told U.S. Drug System Is BrokenHere's the part I think will most directly address the Integrity of Big Pharm.
Expert Panel Calls For Major Changes
By Shankar Vedantam
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 23, 2006; Page A01
The federal system for approving and regulating drugs is in serious disrepair, and a host of dramatic changes are needed to fix the problem, a blue-ribbon panel of government advisers concluded yesterday in a long-awaited report.
The analysis by the Institute of Medicine shined an unsparing spotlight on the erosion of public confidence in the Food and Drug Administration, an agency that holds sway over a quarter of the U.S. economy. The report, requested by the FDA itself, found that Congress, agency officials and the pharmaceutical industry share responsibility for the problems -- and bear the burden for implementing solutions.
[Link] The panel called for a moratorium on consumer advertising of newly approved classes of drugs until they have been on the market long enough for unrecognized side effects and risks to emerge. Packaging for new types of medications should also carry a special symbol, such as the black triangle required in Britain, to alert patients that the drug's safety profile would not be fully known until it had been more widely studied, the report said.