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Something fishy

When I check "The Whistleblower" on Amazon I note the following:

According to Amazon, "Customers who bought this item also bought:"

Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy
A Call to Action by Hank A. McKinnell
Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much by Maggie Mahar
Inside the FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat by Fran Hawthorne
The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It by Marcia Angell

I can understand the connection to most of those books, but I'm a bit surprised about "A Call to Action" ending up SECOND place.

Or is the answer that so many Pfizer lawyers have bought my book that their purchases show up here?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

from essay by Bill Maher

"Why aren't Democrats and the media hammering away every day about
who we're supposed to be fighting for over there and what the plan is.
Yes, Mark Foley was wrong to ask teenagers how long their penises were
-- but at least someone on Capitol Hill was asking questions. We're the
predators. Because we have an entire economy built on asking young
people what they want, making the cheapest, sleaziest form of it
they'll accept, and selling it to them until they choke on it and die.

You know who's grabbing your kids at too young an age? Merck, Pfizer
and GlaxoSmithKline, by convincing you they're depressed, hyperactive
or suffering from attention-deficit disorder and so they must all get
medicated. The drug dealers hooking your kids aren't in South America,
they're in the halls of Congress handing out campaign donations to your
congressmen. Mark Foley says he never slept with those kids, and I
believe him, because American children are so hopped up on pills I
doubt any of them could get it up.

From 1995 to 2002, the number of children prescribed antipsychotic
drugs increased by over 400 percent. Either our children are going
insane -- which we might look on as a problem -- or, more likely, we
have, for profit, created a nation of little junkies. So stop already
with the righteous moral indignation about predators -- this whole
country is trying to get inside your kid's pants because that's where
he keeps the money Daddy gave him to stay out of his hair."

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Blogger MsMelody said...

If the Administration (both this one, and those in the past) were TRULY fighting the "War on Drugs" the pharmaceuticals would be considered the suppliers; but who does the actual drug pushing???

And just an aside: did we move to a War on Terror not because of 9/11, but because we had such stellar results with the aforementioned War on Drugs?

Just asking?

Blogger beeta said...

What an intersting question!
Did you know that wherever US has influence, the illegal drug production takes off (Afghanestan, Colombia come to mind) and yet here in the US we put people in jail for long periods for having (not selling) small amounts of illegal drugs in the name of war on drugs. At the same time the US government shelters if not encourages Pharma to push drugs (the legal kind of coarse)as safe and effective on the general public.
So, back to your question, would exporting democracy to Iraq and other parts of the world (if paralleled with war on drugs) qualify as encouraging Democracy of a certain kind (the approved kind) and that real democracy is facing a war called war on terror?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

perhaps if we gave, er I mean sold all Iraqis Prozac our problems would just disappear.

Blogger MsMelody said...

Don't want to give away ALL our Prozac. Lilly has an excellent scheme . . . they fund studies that show diabetics are more prone to depression, continue to supply them with problematic (inferior) insulins, then sell the hell out of Prozac. Interestingly, I had an e-mail from a friend this morning that shows how perfectly this business model works:

In addressing Lilly's purchase of ICOS, she said:
Lilly sometimes looks like its on the brink of a merger, but this indicates it’s healthier than it appears at times.

This says the market for “erectile dysfunction” drugs plummeted because the industry had to change its aggressive marketing of the drugs “amid concerns that some of the treatments could cause eye problems”. What concerns? Who cares? The article says “those worries have abated” – doesn’t say who was worried, why they no longer are.

Those silly worry warts. I’m sure Lilly must be conducting trials for a new eye treatment so the eye problems caused by Cialis can be treated without damaging the drug’s sales. We know these drug guys, they have an answer for everything! (Lilly also makes Prozac for the worry warts, so it’s a win-win-win!)


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