United States Big Pharma, Trump and media

This video from the USA says about itself:

19 March 2017

Trump is already in Big Pharma’s pocket. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian, the hosts of The Young Turks, tell you how Trump has been bought by the drug companies.

This article originally appeared on the International Business Times.

A week before his inauguration, Donald Trump said that when it came to drug prices, pharmaceutical companies were “getting away with murder”—and he pledged to take decisive action to reduce the rising cost of medicine. Six weeks into his presidency, though, his government has moved to help drug companies block shareholder initiatives designed to help bring more scrutiny to drug price increases.

With drug prices skyrocketing in the United States, investor groups last year filed shareholder resolutions with 13 drug companies that—if passed—would force their boards to more meticulously detail their price increases for major medicines, and to provide “the rationale and criteria used for these price increases.” Days after Trump met with pharmaceutical industry CEOs at the White House, the Securities and Exchange Commission endorsed drug companies’ moves to block the resolutions from being voted on by shareholders at their annual meetings. The SEC move followed Trump promoting Republican SEC commissioner Michael Piwowar to serve as acting chairman of the agency.

The SEC win for the pharmaceutical industry represents the latest victory for an industry that has been ramping up efforts to stop governments from taking action to lower—or force more disclosure about—drug pricing. Last month, federal lawmakers from both parties helped the industry block Senate legislation to let Americans purchase lower-priced FDA-approved medicines from Canada. Meanwhile, in the last two years, drug companies have been largely successful in their fight against a barrage of price transparency bills. Such legislation has been stymied in all but one state, Vermont.”

Read more here.

This video from the USA says about itself:

NBC/ABC/MSNBC – Owned & Operated By US Drug Corporations

19 March 2017

With the exception of CBS, every major media outlet in the United States shares at least one board member with at least one pharmaceutical company. To put that into perspective: These board members wake up, go to a meeting at Merck or Pfizer, then they have their driver take them over to a meeting with NBC to decide what kind of programming that network is going to air. America’s Lawyer Mike Papantonio discusses the connection between Big Pharma and Mainstream Media outlets.

On Friday, President Donald Trump gave a long-anticipated speech on soaring prescription drug prices that made clear he will not take any significant action to address the issue, despite his populist rhetoric. Having previously assailed the pharmaceutical industry for “getting away with murder,” in his Rose Garden remarks Trump proposed a few tepid palliatives such as increasing competition: here.

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  5. Day 279 (October 26, 2017)

    In today’s issue: Just say no.

    Today Trump announced that he’s directing the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, which is an important step, but this isn’t exactly what he promised to do.
    Trump promised to declare a national emergency on opioids which would have resulted in a substantial amount of federal funding. This, on the other hand, grants a limited amount of grant money and eases regulations.
    Trump claims that he was inspired with a great new idea: “This was an idea that I had, where if we can teach young people not to take drugs, it’s really, really easy not to take them.”
    Obviously, “Just Say No” didn’t work when Nancy Reagan tried it, and it won’t work now – not least of all because most opiod addicts have their first exposure to the drugs through legitimate prescriptions.


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