IF THE AUTO INDUSTRY OPERATED LIKE A PHARMACEUTICAL FIRM…
This is a really fun (but at the same time sobering) article that highlights some of the problems with prescription drugs – use, manufacture, sale, price, etc.
On the positive side, as with anything in our world (factory farming, cell phone towers, GMO foods, etc.) industry follows the money. And what we spend our dollar on, determines what businesses stay in existence. So my doctor just informed me that the pharmaceutical reps are starting to present him with NATURAL remedies for ailments – like Iberogast. Change is a comin’…..
Also, this article came from an interesting health website with free e-books on topics you may be interested in.
If the auto industry operated like Big Pharma: fifteen things you might notice
1. Your average car would cost $4.5 million, representing a 30,000% markup over cost, which is typical for prescription drugs. Automakers would justify this price by saying they needed the money to fund research and development, but in reality, most of their research would be funded by taxpayer dollars through government grants and university research centers.
2. That exact same car could be purchased in Mexico or Canada for under $5,000.
3. Automakers would lobby Congress to outlaw or regulate alternative forms of transportation such as bicycles and airplanes, forcing Americans to rely exclusively on cars.
Explanation: the drug industry works hard to discredit alternative medicine, herbs and nutritional supplements, hoping to force consumers to rely on drugs alone.
4. Cars with no safety systems (no seatbelts, no airbags, no crumple zones) would be declared perfectly safe by federal regulators. Car companies, rather than address this lack of safety features, would focus on publicizing the dangers of riding bicycles.
Explanation: the FDA currently approves deadly drugs as “safe.” Meanwhile, drug companies ignore the dangers of their own drugs and, instead, try to get people to believe that herbs or vitamins are dangerous.
5. The manufacturers of those cars with no safety systems would grow tired of being sued by customers who were injured in their cars, and they would lobby Congress to pass “legal reform” that would immunize all car companies against class action lawsuits.
Explanation: drug companies are currently trying to get Congress to pass laws that would make it illegal for consumers to sue for damages. This would shield them from the financial consequences of their dangerous products that kill hundreds of thousands each year.
6. All auto imports would be banned, forcing consumers to buy only U.S. manufactured cars. And if you bought a Toyota and drove it to the U.S., you might be arrested or searched.
Explanation: the FDA works hard to maintain a U.S. monopoly on all prescription drug sales. The agency once famously conducted a “drug raid” search of a bus load of senior citizens returning from Canada who had purchased nothing more than prescription medications.
7. Car companies would heavily publicize the release of new car models each year, but in reality, the new models would essentially be “me-too” cars with no real improvements over those made in the 1970’s. Explanation: most prescription drugs, even though they are touted as “breakthrough” drugs, are little more than me-too drugs that do nothing different than older, off-patent drugs.
8. Car crash dummy tests that produced fatalities and other disturbing data would be censored by the auto industry, never to see the light of day. Any safety scientist who produced such results would be blackballed from ever conducting crash tests again. Explanation: drug companies routinely bury clinical study results that show the dangers of their drugs. They specifically design studies in a way that exaggerates benefits and minimizes risks. Researchers who don’t “play ball” and help distort these drug trial results are blackballed and will never find work in the industry again.
9. Car dealers would be visited by hoards of automobile sales reps promising bribes, first-class vacations, free food and free cars as long as those car dealers would push the right products onto consumers. Explanation: drug companies spend billions each year on handouts to physicians, including outright bribes, fully-paid vacations to exotic resorts (disguised as “Continuing Medical Education” programs), free drug samples, and a never-ending supply of free lunches and other food items.
10. Driver’s education programs wo