Let’s blame drug companies for OUR poor health

  • Physical inactivity is a primary cause of most chronic diseases.
  • Population levels of physical activity, inadequate to meet current guidelines can place a health burden on the U.S. population that results in higher health care expenditures.
  • Regular physical activity is associated with important health benefits, including reduced risk for premature death, cardiovas­cular disease, ischemic stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancers, and depression.
  • A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that.
  • Just 23% of US adults get enough exercise, CDC reports

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The public is not informed about drug pricing

  • On May 11, 2018, President Trump announced his plan titled, “American Patients First,” an effort aimed at lowering the price of prescription drugs.
  • One key element of this plan is to require drug manufacturers to publish list prices for their prescription drugs in television advertisements.
  • Three-fourths (76 percent) of the public favor the federal government requiring prescription drug advertisements to include a statement about how much the drug costs.
  • In a rare instance of bipartisanship, this policy proposal is supported by a majority of Democrats (83 percent), independents (73 percent) and Republicans (72 percent)

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Will the FDA ever get DTC guidelines right?

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Media sensationalism and pharma

  • Today the media attracts readers with sensational headlines,but rarely researches data in-depth to provide readers with unbiased content.
  • Stories attacking drug prices continue to ignore the real problem with healthcare costs such as the costs of preventable health problems and rising costs of a hospital stay.
  • Pharma tries to fight back via PhRMA, but because they are the lobbying arm of the pharmaceutical industry their credibility is very low.
  • The only way to win the hearts and minds of people is by a “human” approach to drug marketing and putting a personality on big drug companies.

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Consumers happy with insurance coverage

Across all demographics, consumers report relatively high satisfaction with health insurance companies, with insurers earning an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars by survey respondents.

Respondents participating in Medicare or Medicaid plans, as well as those in the 73+ age group, consistently rated their health insurer satisfaction higher than all other ages and insurance type.

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Why does pharma ignore caregivers?

Family members provide more than 95% of non-professional care for older adults who do not live in nursing homes.

‣ In total, family caregivers provide 37 billion hours of care annually.

‣ Caregivers looking after elderly family and friends log 3 times as many hours per year as professional caregivers.

‣ The estimated economic value of family and friend caregiving is roughly $500 billion per year—3 times greater than Medicaid’s expenditures on professional long-term care.

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Opioid addiction starts with a prescriber’s pen

  • The opioid crisis is extremely complex and that a single, simple cause cannot be identified
  • Purdue pharma has to carry the majority of the blame for the opioid crisis, but others are also to blame.
  • Physicians should have known that ANY opioid is addictive and PBM’s should have alerted the FDA and DEA to high volumes of the painkillers being ordered by local pharmacies.
  • Psychology Today says “pressure from patients, is likely to also be part of the motivation for unnecessary or excessive opioid prescribing”.

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