Marketing to Doctors – John Oliver HBO

Now a regular on HBO, John Oliver is putting out some amazing satire/comedy in Last Week Tonight.

In this video and you’ll learn the truth about the murky side of the pharmaceutical industry.

We need some new health policies that recognize the problems in the health industry in Australia too.

I can’t talk for other illnesses and diseases, but the figures on prescribing for insomnia and sleep disorders are nothing short of alarming.

Here is what is ACTUALLY happening in Australia:

  • For new cases of insomnia being reported 81.7 percent were prescribed medications.
  • Generally 95.2 percent were prescribed medications.
  • Coupled with lower than normal rates of advice, higher prescribing rates (normally 54.5%), considerably lower referral rates and significantly lower pathology tests.

Source: BEACH (Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health) program between April 2006 and March 2008, J. Charles, C Harrison, H Britt. Australian GP Statistics & Classification Centre, University of Sydney, New South Wales.

This video is already going viral, and that’s great!

One of the best ways to get to sleep is to go back to basics. At least 40 minutes walk 4 times a week, cut out eating rubbish and processed foods, have time out every day at the end of the day, make sure you are drinking clean water every day, sleep cool, and make good life decisions that support your mentality.

No, it isn’t about the drugs! The National Prescribing Service recognizes that on their website.

In fact the Therapeutic Goods Administration in Australia (TGA) recently wanted to move all benzodiazepines from Schedule 4 to Schedule 8 – but that never got through the AMA, the RACP and whoever else.
Source: https://ama.com.au/ausmed/rescheduling-benzodiazepines. Accessed February 10, 2015.

By the way, lets have a website set up in Australia that declares payments to medical professionals and teaching hospitals like in the US https://openpaymentsdata.cms.gov/

We are subsidizing the current drugs through the PBS, do you think that is OK too? (All governments in Australia for decades.)

Is that good use of our taxpayer money or not? We never hear about these expenditures.

What do YOU think about this?

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