Is it because they want to make sure all who might need one of their drugs knows about it (and then can “talk to their doctor about getting it…”)?
And that would be okay… if the drug helped treat the disease source…and if it was appropriate…and if it provided substantial benefit.
But what if the number of “appropriate” people for a medication is limited?
A limited number of people mean only a certain number of drugs can be prescribed…and we can’t have that.
Especially if you want the billion(s) dollar annual revenues big pharmaceutical companies have.
Well, you can increase the price of the drug…
Of course, that has limits before people can’t afford it (or insurance companies refuse to pay for it).
Or you increase the number of “customers” by making the disease your treating more…accessible…by lowering the criteria to diagnose it (i.e. you say more people are “sick” who weren’t sick before).
Or you create a disease out of a symptom… like unhappiness…or shyness…or constipation…or lack of desire…or a host of other things that we all experience as humans.
And by “diseasifying” the human condition there are now billions of potential “customers” many of who are influenced and told that they don’t have a choice.
And that they need the drug to be “normal.”
Now there is nothing wrong with making profit. There is nothing wrong with being rich.
There is nothing wrong with creating a breakthrough that changes peoples lives and getting paid for it.
But the key is creating value for others…
Not take value from people’s lives.
This is not only immoral, unethical, disturbing and sickening.
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