Romeo and Juliet they are not. No Sir! Big Pharma and the FDA are in bed together and clearly not star-crossed. They are going at it all day and night, every single day with a zeal that would make a brothel madam blush. It’s so intense that even I feel I am getting screwed. That would be because, in reality, I am. We ALL are.
While this may be a minor court decision, and has instantly been appealed, it does prove out a few things regarding the state of the medical practice world in the USA. It’s all about dollars and cents, in the end.
For the past year after being diagnosed with congestive heart failure, I have been on a regimen that includes no less than 5 pills a day, two of which I take twice a day. Add to that a baby aspirin. Additionally, there was a statin in there as well, but I elected to discontinue it due to side effects. Interestingly enough, they are ALL generics. Not the “wonderful” new ones. You know… the ones making lawyers rich with recalls you see on TV all the time. Good for me. I got the time-tested ones. Why? No insurance. Unable to work. No assets. Otherwise, I’m sure the hospital specialists would have prescribed more costly options. At the end of the day, what does all this mean to me? My extensive research into my condition shows one glaring truth there is NO pharmacological solution for a bad mitral valve. Period. End of story. It all looks good on paper, but all this is doing is masking the problem, providing a modicum of functionality while these mild poisons slowly return me to a near-death state. That’s the reality of it- and I know it very well. It is but a matter of time before it all catches up and the house of cards folds. I’m not unhappy about my treatment in the light of what is allowed to be available to me. I want to be very clear on that point.
What IS troublesome is the fact that a government agency set up to look after my well-being is trying to say that what my own body is capable of producing should be a product that they can control and effectively own. They categorically dismiss global success in the field of regenerative medicine. I would suggest that they are delaying approvals and using archaic and inappropriate clinical trial methodology in order to keep Adult Stem Cell therapy at bay until Pharma can reap huge profits from it. And some nights, the banging of the headboard against the wall keeps me from my sleep.