From the 1/8 Show – The Business Model of Pharma on OxyContin Reviewed

Much of the last show was spent on lamenting the reporter’s and media’s lack of understanding of the drug epidemic that is damaging lives, families and costing business and communities billions of dollars.

The media has forgotten that Heroin was once a legal drug in this country marketed for medicinal purposes.  It took our forefathers 14 years to take heroin out of the medicine cabinets of America.  With morphine remaining as the mainstay for pain relief, our medical treatment did fine without the availability of Heroin on the prescription pad.

Beginning in late 1995, Purdue Pharma created a new business model to promote a heroin substitute.  Since the introduction of OxyContin, the opioid class of drugs continues to create stories of destruction and the media paradoxically continues to quote the experts created by the new Business Model marketed by Purdue Pharma.

The drugs are “safe as prescribed” and “can be managed”.  The media does not ask why the drugs can be sold on the streets for 10 to 20 times their worth at the pharmacy counter?  The media has refused to discuss the Business Model of Pharma in bringing opium back to every community in North America and beyond.

A penicillin or aspirin tablet is worthless on the streets and we have a Business Model from Pharma that has been created in which few ask why we have old fashion narcotic entities discussed as “medicine” and subsequent drug deals emanating from the doctor’s offices for $200 to $300?  The oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, etc. containing drug deals then move to the secondary market generating many more dollars.

This blog asks the question how the media has been so diabolically fooled?  If a doctor wrote for a daily supply of heroin to a person with back pain, an outrage would occur concerning the logic and follow up on societal costs.

The Business Model of Pharma and the marketing of the opioids has completely obfuscated where the discussion should begin.  The legal prescription narcotics are dangerous and every person walking into the doctor’s office should know that.  Our forefathers and media over 100 years ago shared the message about heroin with the public.

On Tuesday’s show, I asked for an Afghan Opium farmer to call in.  More insights and understanding are needed for the public on exactly what a “painkiller” is.  The Afghan farmer does not sell their opium using “painkiller” as a marketing tool.

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3 Responses to From the 1/8 Show – The Business Model of Pharma on OxyContin Reviewed

  1. Steve Hayes says:

    Larry,

    Nothing proves your point better than my experience running a medical detox. All of the people coming to us to get off heroin, with only a few exceptions, were people that had trouble getting OxyContin or one of the other synthetic heroines, and switched to heroin because it was cheaper and easier to get.

    Big Pharma looks at the ruined lives and shrugs, “Cost of doing business.” I think it is time that they started being assessed for the ruined lives their greed has caused.

    Steve

  2. Thanks for this post, OxyContin is really helpful drug for killing pain but it can lead to OxyContin addiction if taken regularly..

  3. Erich Curnow says:

    Well said Larry. I am preparing a presentation to a group of resident MD’s here in Washington County and I plan to parse some of your verbiage. Why doesn’t Rx Naproxen sell on the streets indeed…?

    I agree with the gentleman above. So many of my clients began with an injury at work, a car accident, even giving birth in one case!!! Is 90 Percocets post delivery standard protocol in most OB Gyn’s?

    -E

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