Putting aside that the author repeatedly refers to “excessive profits” (who is he to determine what is excessive? In fact I’d say that there is no such thing – in a free market) and his misunderstanding of the Big Oil tax breaks (they are not subsidies, still market distorting, but not subsidies) and the other partisan talking points, he correctly identifies how Medicare Part D has become a direct revenue line from tax payers to the bottom line of the large drug companies, and the attached graph is worth a look.
The Department of Justice and the pharmaceutical industry are not keen on pharmaceutical mail order. According the the DOJ the concern is that people are ordering illegal drugs through the mail from overseas pharmacies. No doubt this is true.
Can we trust what comes out of the medical journals if 97% of the advertising within these journals is bought by pharmaceutical companies? Considering that these journals determine much of the direction of healthcare research and policy, it’s a question which needs to be asked seriously. Remember Big Pharma wrote a big piece of Obamacare.
The article below recounts the debate within the military about the present policy of prosecuting soldiers who try to commit suicide. There is currently an epidemic of soldier suicides, some but not all of whom have suffered brain injuries in combat.