Friday, December 10, 2010
Common Prescription Drugs Shown to Work Only 14% of Time
Americans now spend over $250 billion a year on prescription drugs- more than do all the people in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom combined!
Studies show that drugs as a whole, work for as few as 25% of those who take them. And our growing reliance on these ever more expensive “me too drugs” is creating huge profits for drug companies while ordinary Americans are struggling to pay their health insurance premiums. Between 1998 and 2002, the FDA approved 415 new drugs.
Only 14% of these newly approved drugs were actually uniquely different or innovative in their design.
The other 86% were old drug formulas masquerading as new innovative therapies.
For example, there are six cholesterol-lowering statins on the market right now, five SSRI anti-depressant drugs, and at least nine ACE inhibitors to treat high blood pressure.
The Medicare prescription drug benefit only made matters worse for health care consumers.
The plan prohibited Medicare from negotiating drug prices, even though those prices continue to rise much faster than inflation.
Representative Billy Tauzin, the Louisiana Republican and former chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee (which oversees the drug industry) co- sponsored the drug bill, was rewarded with a high-paying job as chief executive of the pharmaceutical industry's trade association. Go figure.
Notice the cost and profit margin for the following drugs and see some of the over the counter bargains that often work as well.
Celebrex: 100 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $130
Cost of general active ingredients: $ 0 .60
Percent markup: 21,712%
Over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS like Advil cost $15 for 200, 200mg capsules- a prescription strength dose would be 800mg up to 3 times a day. A bargain.
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $215
Cost of general active ingredients: $0 .71
Percent markup: 30,306%
The over the counter antihistamine Zyrtec sells for $14 a month.
Sinupret® by Bionorica, has been the #1 most widely recommended, scientifically tested nasal and sinus support formula in Germany for children for more than 70 years and retails for less than $25.
I recommend Sinupret to my patients with seasonal allergies and it works like a charm.
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $272
Cost of general active ingredients: $5.80
Percent markup: 4,696%
Consumer price (100 tablets): $350. 27
Cost of general active ingredients: $8. 63
Percent markup: 4,059%
The natural over the counter lipid lowering herbal, gugulipid,
reduces total cholesterol by 24%, triglycerides by 23%, and raises HDL by 16 percent.
A month supply of gugulipid costs around $25.
I recommend gugulipid for my patients extremely elevated cholesterol levels.
Consumer price (100 tablets): $220
Cost of general active ingredients: $7.60
Percent markup: 2,898%
Consumer price (100 tablets): $247
Cost of general active ingredients: $0 .11
Percent markup: 224,973%
Consumer price: $206
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.75
Percent markup: 11,821%
There are over 100 peer-reviewed studies showing that S-adenosyl-methionine (SAMe) is a safe and effective antidepressant. It increases the action of several neurotransmitters including serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
A review of 23 randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled studies involving 1,757 people with mild to moderate depression shows that the herb St. John’s Wort is as effective as prescription antidepressants.
And studies comparing the over the counter, amino acid 5HTP, to SSRI’s and older antidepressants have consistently shown that 5HTP is as good, if not better, than the prescription antidepressant drugs.
Consumer price (100 tablets): $44
Cost of general active ingredients: $1 .01
Percent markup: 34,136%
Consumer price (100 tablets): $360
Cost of general active ingredients $0 .52
Percent markup: 69,417%
Over the counter Zantac costs $14 a month.
Even better, consider using natural over the counter digestive enzymes $15-$26 a month.
But drugs have to be expensive, right? All that money is needed for
research and development. Right?
Don’t believe it! Only about 14% of Fortune 500 drug-company
revenues are applied toward research and development, while over 30% is devoted toward marketing.
Truth health doesn't come from a drug. No one has a drug deficiency.
If your a health care bargain shopper drug therapy is best avoided when possible.