Profits and Abuse

Andrew Ebding

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.


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3 thoughts on “Profits and Abuse

  1. I like how you’re conscientious when it comes to Pharma. Many people don’t know the extremism of structural violence imposed on millions of people through the pharmaceutical industry. It’s sad when you have a family member who has had numerous problems with addiction and other illness’s from Pharma and then you do research and find out there’s ten other better alternatives of medication for them yet most of the medication is banned in several countries including the US. The ignorance of health is very angering to say the least.


  2. Andrew, first of all, compliments on your writing! Secondly, reading this really peaked my interest. Pharmaceutical companies raising their profits by doing harmful things, such as setting their prescribed dosage of a drug at a higher level, ruins not only the person taking the drug, but also the people around them. Once a person becomes addicted to drugs, they are not longer the same person anymore. This hurts their loved ones and can potentially kill the user. Some drugs are prescribed to people with more of a dosage than the person may need and this, as you said, leads to addiction and only benefits the pharmaceutical companies while causing detrimental harm to the user. People should not be prescribed a drug to so that it alternates their happiness, dopamine, drastically. The drug should be prescribed to them to be at a comfortable level, enough for the person to be able to, for example, simply not be in severe pain.
    -Traci Alig


  3. I appreciate this blog because it states the facts about the pharmaceutical companies! How could a business that is motivated to help our society through drug research be so focused on raising prices to increase profit? These companies don’t consider the damage and deaths they potentially cause with their increase in drug prices. Hopefully more people will start to understand and stand up for what is right!


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