Daily Callers SICK reveals that the wide range of medicines is wider than you can ever imagine

Why are Americans so hyped?

That’s the million-dollar question that The Daily Caller’s latest documentary, “SICK: Unmasking Big Medicine,” sets out to find out. What we found is much bigger than the million dollar answer. Big Medicine is a multi-billion dollar industry with its tentacles in nearly every facet of American life, even those designed to undo all the damage it has done. Doctors, hospitals, patient advocacy groups, even pain management and addiction groups often receive large checks from Big Medicine.

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Kim Witczak lost her husband Woody to suicide over 20 years ago. Now an advocate for global drug safety, she has vowed to tell her story and prevent it from happening to others.

“That night, the coroner called me on the phone and asked if Woody was taking any medication. And the only medication he was taking was Zoloft,” Witczak told The Daily Caller.

She recalled the coroner saying, “We’ll take that with us. It could have something to do with his death.”

Witczak, like so many others who saw the cheer ad campaigns and received casual prescriptions from their family doctors, had no idea that antidepressants like Zoloft increased the risk of suicide. After more than a decade of hearings, the Federal Drug Administration finally issued a black box warning for Zoloft and other antidepressants like it in 2004.

After Woody’s death, Witczak wanted nothing more to do with Big Medicine’s magical cures. But everywhere he kept offering the same solutions.

He tried going to a suicide support group, sharing how he believed it was the drug that killed him. “I went once, and I never came back because it wasn’t helpful. Because no one would listen to me.” He later found out that it was funded by pharmaceutical companies.

She also told her story to her doctor, who only had one question: “Do you think you need anything to help with the pain?”

Too often, doctors have one way: prescribe, prescribe, prescribe. And support groups don’t want to hear anything about the problem they exist to help. Not surprising, given that Kim’s experience is far from atypical. Big Medicine has its claws in seemingly every advocacy group and exam room in the country.

In 2022, Big Medicine collectively contributed $12.58 billion, according to Open Payments, a watchdog data aggregator run by the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s $2.46 billion in general payments to doctors themselves, more than $1 billion to teaching hospitals and $7.59 billion in research payments to other companies. And these are just the figures available.

A deeper dive Patients for affordable medicines in 2021 showed that 15 of the country’s most respected and influential patient advocacy organizations routinely received payments in the six-, seven- and even eight-figure range from Big Medicine drugmakers. All but one did not fully disclose them. Twelve had board members with financial ties to Big Medicine, while eight shared a Big Medicine lobbyist or lobbying firm. No wonder not a single one of them supported negotiations for lower Medicare price lists in 2021. Until patient advocacy.

It gets worse. In 2015, CEO Robert Gebbia of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the nation’s leading suicide advocacy group, announced the foundation’s goal of reducing suicide by 20% by 2025 .Not only did it not achieve this lofty goal, but the suicide rate has increased Since then. Now, no one is for suicide But an inherent conflict of interest arises when a suicide prevention group has received contributions from Pfizer, the maker of Zoloft, among other antidepressants, for decades. A report by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights reveals these companies’ contributions to AFPS going back decades.

Anywhere you’ve ever gone for medical treatment or advice, you may owe Big Medicine a debt. With billions of dollars at stake, the rot runs deeper than you can ever imagine. Watch “SICK” today to learn all the ways Big Medicine may have compromised advocacy groups, hospitals and even your doctor.

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