The Drugs Don't Work...

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    E-NEWS BROADCAST No. 62 - 11 December 03

    THE DRUGS DON'T WORK: And for once it's not us saying it, it's Glaxo In an extraordinary admission,
    a senior executive with UK drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has 'confessed' that the vast majority
    of prescription drugs don't work. Dr Allen Roses, worldwide vice-president of genetics at GSK, has
    told a conference that over 90 per cent of all drugs work for only between 30 per cent and 50 per
    cent of patients. At the very bottom of the efficacy table are the cancer drugs, which work on only
    25 per cent of patients. These are closely followed by Alzheimer's drugs that work on just 30 per
    cent of people. Drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, migraine, incontinence, hepatitis C, and diabetes
    work on only half the patients, at best. The most effective drugs are the analgesics, which work for
    to 80 per cent of those who take them. This frank admission is also a very shocking one, and for
    several reasons. The pharmaceutical industry is about the most profitable in the world, and its
    profits are generated by drugs that everyone has implicitly believed would work (everyone apart from
    regular E-news readers, that is). Worse, in this scramble for profits, around 105,000 Americans and
    40,000 Britons die every year from an adverse reaction to a drug, and many thousands more are
    permanently harmed from one. Almost as astonishing has been the reaction from some of Roses's
    industry colleagues. "What he is saying will surprise the public but not his colleagues," said one
    industry scientist. Surprised may be a slight under-statement for the reaction of families who have
    lost a member to a drug-and one that the manufacturer probably knew would not work. So it's no
    surprise to the drug companies. Is it a surprise, perhaps, to the drug regulators? Did they know
    that they were part of a scam? Or the government, maybe, that buys £7.2bn of drugs each year for the
    National Health Service? Are they also aware that at least two-thirds of that enormous expenditure
    is an utter waste? How about the doctors? They are writing millions of prescriptions a year. Did
    they notice that their patients just weren't getting any better? Some commentators have described
    Roses's admission as a Ratner-like gaffe. For non-UK readers and those too young to remember, Gerald
    Ratner ran the UK's largest jewelers - until the day he 'joked' that his products were 'crap'. But
    this was no Ratner moment. Roses knew full well what he was doing, and he almost certainly had his
    statement cleared by the very top executives at Glaxo. Roses has been described as a highly
    intelligent man, and he's certainly too smart to commit corporate suicide. Roses is staking a major
    claim for his own division, into which Glaxo has poured billions of dollars of research money. Our
    guess is that Glaxo has taken the lead in the market, and will soon be launching a new approach to
    therapy, based on the patient's genetic make-up. In this new treatment model, patients will first be
    tested to discover the effectiveness of a drug, and if they are among the 20 per cent for whom the
    drug will work. By allowing Roses to blow the whistle, Glaxo is playing a very high-risk game.
    Genetic profiling may be achievable, but it will cut drugs production by up to 80 per cent, so
    eating into profits. It may also not be a workable option, especially for an already overstretched
    health service. What then? We are just left with the information that most drugs don't work. Which
    is pretty much where we at WDDTY came in. * Following on from Dr Roses's admission, you really must
    read the WDDTY book Secrets of the Drugs Industry. It lifts the lid on the drugs that don't work,
    those that are dangerous, and how the drugs industry masks its aggressive sales drives with supposed
    science. To order your copy, click on this link: