Global Vaccine Market Expected to Reach $50.52 billion by 2023

Global Vaccine Market Expected to Reach $50.52 billion by 2023

The value of the vaccine market will reach $50.42 billion by 2023 from $36.45 billion in 2018, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.7 percent, according to recently published report by private research firm MarketsandMarkets of India.1 The report provides an overview of the global vaccine market estimating the market size and potential for […]

Investigation Questions Gardasil Clinical Trial Safety Data

Investigation Questions Gardasil Clinical Trial Safety Data

While Merck & Co. and many health authorities share the view that the benefits of the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV), Gardasil, outweigh the risks, an eight-month investigation by medical journalist Frederick Joelving, which was published by the online magazine Slate, confirms…

Tobacco Tactics Used to Market Vaccines

Tobacco Tactics Used to Market Vaccines

From the 1930s to 1950s, smoking cigarettes was the norm and the epitome of “cool,” and the habit was fashionable for both men and women. Hollywood movies depicted smoking as intelligent, sophisticated and healthy. The medical community was not immune from the trend: in the…

Why are Healthcare Costs So High in the U.S.A. versus Other Countries? (Part II)

Why are Healthcare Costs So High in the U.S.A. versus Other Countries? (Part II)

In Part II of this series about the high costs of U.S. healthcare, I’ll talk about how politicians collude with pharma to ensure their mutual interests. Bet you already know that common ground is greed and power. For anyone who reads my column, you know that I worked in pharmaceutical…

Why are Healthcare Costs So High in the U.S.A. versus Other Countries? (Part I)

Why are Healthcare Costs So High in the U.S.A. versus Other Countries? (Part I)

A recent phenomena in the healthcare industry is the rise of medical tourism. You’ve probably read an article or two that describes how someone can get surgery in Spain and enjoy a two week vacation while there—and the whole trip, including airfare, surgery and the hospital stay…

Vaccine Vendors’ Greed Gone Viral (Part II)

Vaccine Vendors’ Greed Gone Viral (Part II)

So how do such vaccines enter the Indian market to begin with? According to paediatricians, this happens through a well-oiled system of quid pro quo between vaccine companies and organisations responsible for recommending vaccines. “Most doctors depend on the recommendations given by organisations such as…

Vaccine Vendors’ Greed Gone Viral (Part I)

Vaccine Vendors’ Greed Gone Viral (Part I)

[Vaccination] is a nexus controlled by big private vaccine makers, ­mostly ­foreign, that decides your baby gets 15 shots more for the doctor to make ­money. Even if the vaccine is useless—not to talk of the huge mark-ups. There is no vaccine against the venal mind. No [vaccination] ever invented gives us a complete coat of armor.

Industry Lobbying: Profits Before Health?

Industry Lobbying: Profits Before Health?

Most of the money that flows through the political system in America originates from special interest groups. Corporations, industry groups, labor unions and single-issue organizations spend billions of dollars each year on campaign contributions and lobbying to gain access to the government policy and law-making process with the ultimate goal of…

Industry-Sponsored Research: Parallels Between the Vaccine and Tobacco Industry

Industry-Sponsored Research: Parallels Between the Vaccine and Tobacco Industry

Industry-sponsored research has become the norm in the United States. In fact, most U.S. clinical trials within the fields of science and medicine, notably within the pharmaceutical sector, are now funded by industry. This has created a plethora of opportunities for funders to create data to fit their business agenda, thus creating a dilemma articulated in American author Upton Sinclair’s…

A Sick and Unproductive America: The New Norm

A Sick and Unproductive America: The New Norm

The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is defined as “the monetary value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period.” It is a “broad measurement of a nation’s overall economic activity.” In the past decade, economic growth in the United States—as reflected by GDP—has risen as high as 2.7% in 2006 and dropped to as…