American’s tend to forget the main motive for pharmaceuticals to be a part of the industry. That motive is profit. In class, we learned that companies will often increase an average prescription by hundreds of dollars, making it difficult for the average man to afford their medication. This is just one way the industry manipulates the “little guy” to make a profit. Pharmaceutical companies will often go beyond ethics to drain virtually every cent of an American’s salary, only to make an absurd amount of money. What is more absurd is the way in which the people who need these medications are being affected.
We often tend to look past the implications that come about when a citizen is being manipulated by the pharmaceutical industry. We always hear about people being unable to afford their medication because the prescription is simply far beyond their budget to purchase, even with the coverage of insurance. Who’s to blame the media for giving the corruption some screen time? Especially when the nation’s largest pharmaceutical company pulled in a fat 42% profit margin in 2014 (huge right? But it’s still increasing every year!). But, what we don’t often notice is the manipulation of industry profit through addiction.
Prescription addiction has always been a significant issue for many of those addicted to drugs. Often times, people will become addicted to prescription drugs because they are unaware of the risk that certain opioids will have on them. The problem with this is that many of pharmaceutical companies are well aware that their drug will put a human at risk, and will even put a higher dosage than needed to get people addicted. A CNN article (link below) mentions that in June, three executives from Purdue Pharma plead guilty to misleading the FDA in regards to the regulations and risks involved with one of their prescription opioids, just to make a profit.
Purdue Pharma intentionally mislead the FDA to believe that their given dosage to patients was safe, and now many consumers are left with addiction. An opioid abuser dies every 19 minutes in America, often by the hand of medical corporations who will go to any length to make a profit. No, these facts and statistics shouldn’t give opioid abusers the clear to abuse themselves. This is by no means an excuse. But, the pharmaceutical manipulation is a growing problem in our society. The average American is given the agency to ruin their health through structural means of the pharmaceutical industry. Many people look past this issue, and are put into high risk of abuse through the intentions of industry profit.