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…

Birth of the Zika Industry

Birth of the Zika Industry

It doesn’t take much to create a new industry. Basically, all you need to do is create fear. Create a threat, an enemy, and then offer a solution to eliminating that threat and vanquishing the enemy, and… voilà, you have the beginnings of an industry. It doesn’t matter if any of it is true. You have the essentials of what is required to give birth to an industry and, eventually, a market.

Pyriproxyfen Suspected of Causing Microcephaly in Brazil

Pyriproxyfen Suspected of Causing Microcephaly in Brazil

A report published by Médicos de Pueblos Fumigados (Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Villages) of Argentina on February 3, 2016 discounts the theory that the growth in the number of cases of babies born with microcephaly in Brazil during the past year are due to the Zika virus transmitted…

U.S. Vaccine Market Forecast at $17.4 Billion by 2018

The value of the market for vaccines in the United States will reach $17.4 billion in 2018, according to a study published by Transparency Market Research of Albany, NY. If accurate, the projection would represent a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3% during 2012-2018. TMR estimated the US vaccine market at $12.8 billion in 2012. TMR attributes its optimistic forecast to…