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1) 2:07 A essay  MP3

2) 2:37 B essay MP3

3) 3:59 C essay Mp3

4) 5:04 D essay Mp3

5) 6:09 Speech version Mp3

Doctors for Sale

DOCTORS FOR SALE?
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[Col. Writ. 11/9/04] Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal

   As we scan the day's headlines, the news flashes about
the recent scandal involving the arthritis drug, Vioxx.

   When news stories revealed that the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) failed to protect the health and
indeed, lives of thousands of Americans, many of whom
suffered heart attacks, strokes, and even deaths, as a
result of Vioxx use, the question looms: Where was
the FDA?  Where was the government?

   It appears that the government, academia, and many
physicians, were bellying up to the cash window of many
of the country's major pharmaceutical companies, and
not protecting the health and welfare of the public.
The answer lies in the offices of many of the members
of Congress on Capital Hill, where the interests of
the wealthy drug companies takes precedence over
the lives and health of Americans.  The answer also
lies in the nation's newspapers, and on broadcast/cable
TV stations, not because of the news reporting, but
because of massive direct-to-consumer advertising
(known as DTC).  You've seen the ads.  They are
masterpieces of subliminal seduction.  A rustic,
bucolic scene, lit in soft, sunswept pastels, underscored
by sweet violins, or even a hip, funky baseline,
draws you in, and a confident voice seems to confide
to you: "Having trouble sleeping?" (Add any other
ailment, it doesn't matter).  The soft, seductive
voice suggests you 'tell your doctor about Viatrex'
(or some other new, improved superdrug).  Studies
show that these ads are extremely effective, largely
because viewers or readers assume (wrongly, as
it turns out) that in order for such ads to appear, they
had to have been cleared by the FDA or some other
similar agency.

   While the FDA has an ad office (the Division
of Drug Marketing Advertising and Communication
[DDMAC]), it has steadily declined its enforcement
of DTC guidelines since 1998.  In the first half of
that year, the FDA issued 84 notices of violation,
or warning letters.  In the first half of 2001, they
issued some 38 such letters.  Indeed, there are
*no such regulations directly targeting DTC ads.*
And what exists are guidelines, meant for doctors,
not regulations, meant to protect the public.

   Moreover, in the mad rush for more dough,
drug companies simply create isomers, or chemical
cousins, of profitable drugs, so that they can
create a new market, often with negligible, or
little true health benefits.  To top that off, they
often fund big university studies, to skew research,
and provide misleading data to support their
advertising campaigns.

   In this repressive era, when drugs are maligned
and likened unto implements of the Devil himself,
prescription drugs, which, as in the case of Vioxx,
cause disease, dysfunction and death, cause little
more than a few days of doldrums at the stock
exchange.  Thousands of people injured, narcotized
into comas, heart attacks, and death--for years!--
and the consequences are little more than an
occasional traffic ticket.  The high prices attached
to prescription drugs are another scandal, one unlikely
to be improved by the recent election.  While drug
corps claim this is due to the costs of research and
development, why is twice as much spent on
marketing as on R & D?  Legalized drugs are a
$25 billion-dollar per year industry.  DTC ads have
almost tripled in the four years after 1996 to $2.5
billion alone in 2000.  And efforts are on the horizon,
under the Bush regime, to deepen and broaden the
reach of corporate drug kingpins in the area of
schools, and everyday American life.  Can anyone
question whether this administration is bought and
sold by the corporations?  Of the nation's top 50
multinationals, 7 are pharmaceuticals!

   It's time to wage a broad, deep, popular struggle
against this drugging of the American people.  It's
time to rein in those dangerous and misleading DTCs.
It's time to take the poisonous profit motive out of the
leading pharm firms.  To treat people, because they
are people; not because they are wealthy.

Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal

[For more information: See: *Public Citizen
Health Research Group Health Letter*,
1600 20th St., NW, Wash., DC 20009;
www.citizen.org/hrg.]

[Check out Mumia's latest: *WE WANT FREEDOM:
A Life in the Black Panther Party*, from South
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Long Version: mp3, 4.39 MBs, 4:39
Speech Version: mp3, 5.17 MBs, 5:17

[Col. Recorded 11/10/04]

Copyright 2004 Mumia Abu-Jamal


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