Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, was on my show today to talk about her book, “The Truth About The Drug Companies.”
She says that we shouldn’t worry about buying drugs from Canada or elsewhere, because those pills are no different than the ones you’d get here — the pharmaceutical firms make their products in over 60 countries, not all in the US. Angell says that the argument that we, as Americans, are paying higher prices to underwrite the huge cost of research and development is bogus, too, because R & D is a much smaller portion of Big Pharma’s budget than, say, marketing. So you’re really paying for all those ads that say, “ask your doctor about…….”
And wait till you hear what she says about why your doctor gave you those free samples. Listen, then click here to subscribe to these podcasts via iTunes!