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Howard,

You know I cannot put up site names in here - but if you go looking you will find that Upjohn have made enormous profits from xanax - I believe it is bringing in even more money for its makers than the original billions from valium.
Look at its own information financial pages. Stock exchange valuations.
As also with benzos and anaesthesia. But it is well documented in medical journals. You only have to look - it is all there.

The so called third world - I wont discuss - huge subject and not relevant here - but were wealthy western countries to allow for generics to be used in Africa - then millions of AIDS sufferers would be helped - but the pharmas and the governments insist first on their profits - profits always before lives.

Candy? For sure - and no-where more obvious than in your country. Just look in here at the cocktails of drugs which people are on - and think it is quite normal. An acceptable way to live? Why should someone who seeks to come off an addictive drug be given a further (often even more addictive) drug or mixture of drugs? It is never ending. It seems to be a matter of - "take these to get you off this drug to which you are addicted and then we will tackle the new addiction later." Put you on a benzo to get you off an opiate? And even give you an amphetamine to help along the way? Why - there are drugs for each and every problem in life. You even have a pill for obesity. You just have to question the values of a society such as this.

I am not bashing any country when I state this - this is surely a problem throughout the so called civilised western world?

I have watched so many people in here - trying so hard - and truly wanting to be off drugs - being obstructed by batteries of medics and quasi medics who will prescribe a new drug to fix the old drug. Trading addictions. I think that has to be totally unacceptable. But time and time again you see people willing to believe this is the way to go forward. They are kidding themselves. And I think you have to question the motives of the men writing the scripts.

Perhaps we were lucky in our own struggles with benzo dependency - for there is no quick fix drug for that! So - we had to taper and deal with the withdrawal. Can this not be applied to these other addiction problems seen in here? If not - then why not? I cannot for the life of me see why not.

Howard - Nope - I dont seek to alienate you or anyone and so I quote you your own countrymen below:


[I]“Drug company research and development often serves marketing strategies more than sound science or patients’ safety.”
JS Cohen MD

“More than half of the experts on FDA advisory committees have financial relationships with pharmaceutical companies, that will be helped or hurt by their decisions.”USA Today

“An industry so important to public health and so heavily subsidized and protected by government has social responsibilities that should not be totally overshadowed by its drive for profits.”
Dr M. Angell New England Journal of Medicine.

“When doctors irrationally deny or dismiss (patients) honest complaints, the message is clear : Doctors first allegiance is not to their patients but to the medications they prescribe.”Dr JS Cohen.


“ Increasing numbers of people have been turned into drug addicts through legal prescriptions which perhaps suits the politicians and multi-national bureaucrats as well as the drug companies for it ensures an uncomplaining and docile community which is easy to administer, manage and manipulate...tranquillisers are more addictive than heroin."

Dr Vernon Coleman[/I]





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