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John Oliver says "Ask your Doctor"

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  • Center Left
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    This below video was disturbing but as we all know Money runs the damned world. It seems that Pharmaceutical companies are spending much more money trying to buy doctors loyalty than they are on crazy things like Research and Development. To quote Mr. Oliver.......Like a teenage boyfriend, the pharma companies are much more interested in getting inside of you than they are of being effective once they're inside of you.
    http://www.upworthy.com/john-oliver-explains-just-how-shady-drug-companies-really-are?c=aol1&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl39%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D611621
    There's a website that you can go to that will show you how much money your doctor is getting from the Pharma companies.
    www.openpaymentdata.cms.gov

    The John Oliver video is (as usual) funny and informative. It's our bodies and sadly those trying to make maximum profits don't give a damn.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    This was an awesome commentary on how batshit crazy our pharmaceutical industry is. I am proudly one of the 30 percent of Americans who takes no prescription drugs and hope to stay that way for as long as I humanly can.

    Ironically, my college thesis was on this very subject. I focused exclusively on R&D and how their astronomical rates just didn't add up. The fact that these companies have basically purchased a huge chunk of doctors is sickening. There was a silver lining when he talked about many doctors beginning to ban representatives from going to their offices. That wasn't even heard of when I was writing my thesis. Unfortunately that is still the exception and not the norm.

    I encourage everyone to watch this video. Thanks for sharing Tony.

  • Independent
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    Yes, if you see the "pill" pushing here on TV; this is abosolute ridiculous; so I wonder who determines what what will cure you: the TV or your doctor? But also the doctor is continued lobbyed to push certain products. So as a " sick" individual you are just a "playball" for the industry. This "inbred" lobbying system does not have borders; this lobbying "sickness" is also inherent with our "leaders" who love lobbyists all the way. I'm like Jared; totally "anti" pill; just have to take one tiny ( cheap" pill) a day for my heart condition; nothing else.
  • Democrat
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    I am battling prostate cancer now and although I am not in any immediate danger I still go for treatments ,I have so met many people with some type of "Oligyst" after their name it's not even funny , it is just insane, but my story is this ,one of the new drugs that I was taking needed me to lessen my intake of a steroid which I take for my asthma, and one of the side effects of this new drug happened to make me take another drug to lessen the effects on my kidneys so after I started I began to have severe coughing spasms and I was beginning to dehydrate so I was prescribed another drug, it was getting nuts, so I go back to my primary doc, whom I have been with for close to 40 years, know what happened , he said that I had developed a upper respiratory infection which had nothing to do with the cancer treatments and that any over the counter anti-histime should do the trick , it worked, so I dropped the other prescribed meds and I bought a PDQ book on prescription meds and their side effects. These newly minted Doctors are so beholden to the drug companies that they sometimes forget about the patients that they are treating and seemed to feel that if they can't figure the solution out then you must need a drug .
  • Independent
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    No surprises here, but great that this issue is being made even more public. I have friends who take layers of Rx meds to deal with Rx meds upon Rx meds. Doctors will prescribe anything if you ask for it. And our insurance skyrockets paying for all this. No-one seems to bother to ask what interacts with what! I had a recent minor medical issue in a routine blood test and my doctor was immediately on the phone requesting me to have tests (some invasive) and so on. I said NO. Let me investigate. I did my research. Turns out several OTC supplements he had recommended (heartburn, etc,) may have affected the lab readings. Did he look at my chart and figure this out? No. I did my research and dropped those, and added one which I should have been taking. They (docs) are all about the simple solution (for them) - test for everything and rule it in or out, and cover their malpractice "behinds".

    When my daughter had lung cancer, stage IV terminal, her oncologist was trying exploratory drugs right to the last weeks. And quality of life was horrific. Hospice was a "bad word". When my husband was diagnosed with the same, we opted hospice immediately. The oncologist sort of washed her hands of us for that meant no income and drug payouts. Co-ordination of necessary meds was confusing and useless at times.

    My own cancer diagnosis and treatment was luckily resolved (almost 20 years ago) with surgery and radiation (gynecological). I did not have to deal with a medical oncologist, relief! It seems they are mostly committed to trying whatever their salespeople bring them sometimes. The patient is secondary.
    As for TV ads - "ask your doctor" - never ending for just about anything and even things which probably don't exist. It seems they make up conditions and diseases just to sell their drugs! Big pharma has to pay for the ads, and make their profit. Who benefits is about 1% of the equation. Except for them.

    You have to be your own advocate. You have to read and understand and then ask and decide what makes sense for you. Elders especially are prescribed so many drugs that many counter effect the others, leaving them confused and weak. I've read some great books on this topic.
    And one book I recommend to anyone, a recap of which is now being shown on PBS FRONTLINE, "Being Mortal". Gawande, Atul
    Not exactly about TV ads and big pharma, but the concept applies to us all.
  • Center Left
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    Best of luck to everyone dealing with serious issues. As far as drug interactions........ Do a Google search because there are several sites that will check this for you. I keep a site in my favorites because I take 5 meds (plus insulin) and I think that it's important to be aware of interactions and side effects.
  • Independent
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    Tony Johnson Wrote: Best of luck to everyone dealing with serious issues. As far as drug interactions........ Do a Google search because there are several sites that will check this for you. I keep a site in my favorites because I take 5 meds (plus insulin) and I think that it's important to be aware of interactions and side effects.

    Yes, best of luck to all echoed here.
    Tony - the point I make is that we pay these educated doctors to advise us as patients. Why should it be on our watch to have to google and figure out what interacts with what? They should assess our charts and US (seeing us a person, not a chart) and go from there in their recommendations. Sure, we have to advocate for ourselves too, but why even go to the doctor for advice when you are left in a quandary over whether the advice/Rx is right for you.
    They are supposed to be working for us, not the other way around. And they are not supposed to be working for the big drug industry.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    skys the limit Wrote: Tony - the point I make is that we pay these educated doctors to advise us as patients. Why should it be on our watch to have to google and figure out what interacts with what? They should assess our charts and US (seeing us a person, not a chart) and go from there in their recommendations. Sure, we have to advocate for ourselves too, but why even go to the doctor for advice when you are left in a quandary over whether the advice/Rx is right for you.
    They are supposed to be working for us, not the other way around. And they are not supposed to be working for the big drug industry.
    This is a very valid point, and one that I really struggle with. If our doctors have been bought out then who can we trust to give us the best medical advice? Way too many Americans think we have the best healthcare system in the world without taking the time to research and find out that we aren't even close. The truth of the matter is that we have one of the worst systems in the industrialized world. Capitalism and public health don't mix.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    skys the limit Wrote: You have to be your own advocate. You have to read and understand and then ask and decide what makes sense for you. Elders especially are prescribed so many drugs that many counter effect the others, leaving them confused and weak. I've read some great books on this topic.
    And one book I recommend to anyone, a recap of which is now being shown on PBS FRONTLINE, "Being Mortal". Gawande, Atul
    Not exactly about TV ads and big pharma, but the concept applies to us all.
    I'm so sorry to hear about all of your losses and struggles. This was a phenomenal Fronline piece. I was actually thinking 'I have to tell her about the most recent Frontline' as I was reading through your writing and then you beat me to it. It was a wonderful piece and I recommend it to everyone. Here is the link for anyone who is interested in watching it: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/
  • Independent
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    skys the limit Wrote: Tony - the point I make is that we pay these educated doctors to advise us as patients. Why should it be on our watch to have to google and figure out what interacts with what? They should assess our charts and US (seeing us a person, not a chart) and go from there in their recommendations. Sure, we have to advocate for ourselves too, but why even go to the doctor for advice when you are left in a quandary over whether the advice/Rx is right for you.
    They are supposed to be working for us, not the other way around. And they are not supposed to be working for the big drug industry.
    This is a very valid point, and one that I really struggle with. If our doctors have been bought out then who can we trust to give us the best medical advice? Way too many Americans think we have the best healthcare system in the world without taking the time to research and find out that we aren't even close. The truth of the matter is that we have one of the worst systems in the industrialized world. Capitalism and public health don't mix.
    Probably Schmidt can come up with a chart of countries with the best healthcare system and cost. My wife recently came back from Europe where medicines are a quarter of the cost here. So something must be "capitalistic" wrong here. Yes here is it the question; Why "heal" somone; just "milk" it all the way; push pills, tests, repeat visits etc. etc. Give someone "chemo's" while there is no proven tumor or cancer etc. It is the "money" not the "cure" what is important.
  • Liberal
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    I'm still waiting on medicine that cures stupidity. They'll make trillions.
  • Independent
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    L.A. Citizen Wrote: I'm still waiting on medicine that cures stupidity. They'll make trillions.
    Yes L.A. how do they call that cure? WORLD WISE EDUCATION !! I guess the only thing they learn here ( when they are born already) is ripping off people as well stealing and robbing or shooting and go to church as a cover up.
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    Dutch Wrote:
    L.A. Citizen Wrote: I'm still waiting on medicine that cures stupidity. They'll make trillions.
    Yes L.A. how do they call that cure? WORLD WISE EDUCATION !! I guess the only thing they learn here ( when they are born already) is ripping off people as well stealing and robbing or shooting and go to church as a cover up.
    As I get older I find myself being more of a reclusive. I really don't give people a second look anymore. I try to keep it moving and do things that I find pleasurable. At twenty years of age you couldn't get to go fishing. At 47, all I wanna do is fish....the ocean, the trees, solitude....my own peace of mind. This thing called living is temporary so I guess I gotta get my issue. I look at my grandaughter and have some very mixed feelings. Love of course...and in some strange way, I feel sorry for her, for the things that she'll be exposed to in her life.....things that there's no need for....senseless shit. But hey, It's part of life.
    We're all crazy in our own way...so again....I've become an observer and commentator. I will say this....the world is a very entertaining place.
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    L.A. Citizen Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote:
    L.A. Citizen Wrote: I'm still waiting on medicine that cures stupidity. They'll make trillions.
    Yes L.A. how do they call that cure? WORLD WISE EDUCATION !! I guess the only thing they learn here ( when they are born already) is ripping off people as well stealing and robbing or shooting and go to church as a cover up.
    As I get older I find myself being more of a reclusive. I really don't give people a second look anymore. I try to keep it moving and do things that I find pleasurable. At twenty years of age you couldn't get to go fishing. At 47, all I wanna do is fish....the ocean, the trees, solitude....my own peace of mind. This thing called living is temporary so I guess I gotta get my issue. I look at my grandaughter and have some very mixed feelings. Love of course...and in some strange way, I feel sorry for her, for the things that she'll be exposed to in her life.....things that there's no need for....senseless shit. But hey, It's part of life.
    We're all crazy in our own way...so again....I've become an observer and commentator. I will say this....the world is a very entertaining place.
    Again LA. for the "x" time you're right on; I've got the same worries for the world and my kids..