Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety

2006, Health  -   5 Comments
Ratings: 8.84/10 from 55 users.

Money Talks exposes the questionable tactics that big drug companies use to make record profits by playing with the safety of our family's health care. Using misleading advertising, attractive drug reps who wine and dine doctors and other unethical practices, the drug industry makes billions of dollars every year selling us unsafe, unnecessary and overpriced drugs.

There are over 80,000 pharmaceutical sales people employed in the pharmaceutical industry in the United States alone. My understanding is that that is about 1 for every 4 doctors. Their job is to sell drugs. Their job is not to educate doctors. Their job is not to provide medical information. They have one job and one job only: to push their product particularly against other competing products. Doctors should not trust them to give them unbiased and accurate information about their drugs, and frankly, doctors shouldn't let them in their offices.

If you want to protect the people you love from their dangerous practices that compromise the safety and quality of our health care, Money Talks is a must-see film. (Excerpt from

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  1. Jim

    Ron Grummer, please be specific about the conflicts of interest of those featured in this film. Really, what they were sharing was pretty much inarguable, in my view. Great doc!

    The U.S. drug industry and the fantastic institutional, media and political support it gets constitute a real theater of the absurd, given the disastrous results and extraordinary expense of this system. The FDA's own website notes that 100,000 Americans die every year from Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs). These are deaths from taking drugs as prescribed. So, when one adds in all the deaths from taking medications improperly or mixing them with other drugs inappropriately, the carnage is much greater. It's all the sadder given that so many drugs barely outperform a placebo at performing whatever function they perform, while harming patients with the many "side" effects that would not be an issue with a placebo.

    Disgusting, and of course, prominent politicians in both major parties don't want to cross PhRMA, much as they don't want to cross the NRA or the Israel lobby. Some democracy we have here.

  2. Ron Grummer

    As a business educated, trained and experience-oriented individual, I understand and accept that any executive that doesn't place legal profits and market-share above virtually all other concerns and considerations is being negligent with regard to his shareholders/owners.

    Likewise, due to my medical and scientific education, training and experiences (as well as the ethical awareness that is required and under-regulated - largely fraternal - mandates in those fields), I understand that there is a higher standard that should be adhered to with regards to the professionals we all depend upon for our most intimate issues of personal health and livelihood.

    Given all this, the people in this documentary were not without personal interests and monetary investment in their message. I'm not neglecting that money generally has proven to be a powerful influence of public policy and opinion, but, when you start making conspiratorial arguments (without compelling empirical support) that stretch from local pharmacies, through universities and our governmental regulatory agencies (regardless of controlling party), I'm a little less likely to suspend my normal incredulity of requiring extensive and compelling evidentiary support for such all-encompassing assertions.
    Short - the area needs review and quite possibly serious regulatory intervention, but perhaps not near as much as some with opposing vested interests fear/advocate for.

  3. Raquel Dejean

    This documentary has made me decide I'd rather just take an aspirin and not call the doctor when I get sick or hurt-and to block all drug ads on my TV. We need to get tough on these pharmas and their mind-control. They are worse than street drug peddlers and have a farther reach!

  4. john g

    this is true. we can all raise our fists and point our finges but let keep it simple. "Just Say NO" Talk to your friend who is a doctor or talk to your doctor. If they stop from signing that will help. I know the FDA has made strides but the commercials for medications on the TV make me sick. And they must be working because they keep on coming....the super bowl is around the corner...

  5. Healer

    I watched just the start of it and can't say I'm surprised, not after watching those hemp documents and the one about psychiatric drugs and reading about things. I don't know if it's the same in my country, but if I can stay alive and healthy without the medicine, I got no reason to take it. Doctor has often prescribed me a medicine, painkiller, whether it was for my back pain or for a broken bone, I didn't use those pills except once. If I had just taken the pills whenever I was supposed to, I'd be in a lot worse shape. Only took it for the pain I couldn't sleep with, and that was the right decision for me.

    I think that in my country, this bribing stuff is illegal, yet they keep doing it. And the doctors seem all too ready to prescribe you a painkiller for the least serious causes, even if you don't ask for it. It's a dangerous policy if you blindly go with what they say.