Discussion on Over-Prescribing Drugs
Discussionon Over-Prescribing Drugs
Gwen’s video is educative as it provides an insight why peopleshould avoid over-reliance on drugs. Gwen Olsen worked for 15 yearsin the pharmaceutical industries. Consequently, her claims concerningthe negative effects of drugs are credible. She claims thatpharmaceutical companies rarely work to eliminate illnesses as theyare in the business of wealth creation (Gwen, 2013). I support herclaims, as pharmaceutical companies continue to expand due to highreturns gained. The paper discusses the importance of formulatinglaws and guidelines regarding drug prescription.
ReasonsWhy Laws and Guidelines Should Govern Drugs Prescription
In order to ensurehealth security for all Americans, more stringent guidelines and lawsshould be formulated and enforced. As described by Gwen many doctorsand pharmaceutical companies are in the business of diseasesmaintenance and symptoms management. For instance, they targetterminal diseases such as cancer and heart stroke, where they arelikely to rake in high incomes (Gwen, 2013). They produce drugs thatensure a majority of patients remain their frequent customers intheir lifetimes such as antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs.Additionally, some drugs such as cholesterol drugs cause othernegative effects such as frequents headaches that call for the use ofmore drugs. They ensure that drugs produced have severe withdrawalsymptoms. If they would work to prevent key diseases that affecthumanity, they work end up with no business or with a meager income. The pharmaceutical companies provide false information to the public(Gwen, 2013). The side effects have been reduced in the medicines’packets. In addition, companies that manufacture drugs rarely mentionthe severe negative effects. Laws will ensure that pharmaceuticalcompanies do not thrive under greed. The success of Americaneconomically is based on healthy individuals, who are not enslaved byparticular drugs. Stringent laws and guidelines will ensure properinvestigations are conducted before a medicine is administered. Lawswith also ensure pharmaceutical companies list all the likelyconsequences likely to ensue after taking a particular drug.
Discussion on IfDoctors Should be Legally Responsible Due to Prescribing Drugs
Pharmaceuticalscompanies and doctors are aware that a majority of drugs rarely helpthe patients and continues to prescribing them. Consequently, doctorsshould be held responsible for their actions. For instance, aresearch done in Europe indicated that antidepressants are lesseffective compared to placebo, a secret has been kept by pharmacistsfor a long time. Approximately 44 million individuals take theantidepressant drugs, generating enormous returns (Gwen, 2013). Mostdepressed patients who reported improvement it can be attributed toplacebo or combination of both drugs and exercises. TV and Journalamount other advertising agents make pharmaceutical industry fetchfive times more money in comparison to the fortune 500 companies inthe world (Gwen, 2013). The pharmaceutical companies are not willingto lose their niche, and they target the feeble, the elderly and thechildren. The pharmaceutical companies should be accountable to thedefects the cause to the people. If an immediate remedy is notpursued, every American will face the adverse effect ofpharmaceutical companies. In most cases, doctors insist that oneshould take medication even if no ailment was diagnosed. If one istested and no disease is found, it is not wise to take prescribeddrugs, since one is suffering from a disorder. Activities such asimproved nutrition and exercises may help. As a result, doctorscompanies should be held guilty and penalized heavily in court whendiscovered to have given a wrong prescription.
In conclusion,pharmaceutical companies and doctors have become unethical in thepursuit of wealth. They give wrong prescriptions and provide falseinformation in the drug packages to rake in high returns. Laws andguidelines should be formulated to check the activities ofpharmaceutical companies.
Gwen O. (2013). Confession of a pharmaceutical representative: thetruth about prescription drugs. Islandonlinenew. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl9GKn5yszE&feature=youtu.be
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