The pharmaceutical sector, or Big Pharma, may seem like a beacon of health and wellness but a deeper look exposes a network of deceit, manipulation, and legal disputes. Cases include Purdue Pharma's criminal charges for misleading about OxyContin's addictive risks, allegations of doctor-bribery by Novartis to increase product sales, and Bristol-Myers Squibb's inflated pricing settlement. These are just a few examples that reveal an industry more focused on self-interest than public benefit.
Concerning too, are marketing techniques used by these companies. Often, they downplay potential side effects and only highlight benefits to increase sales. Tactics such as "disease mongering," inventing diseases to sell products, and direct-to-consumer ads mislead patients, hindering their ability to make informed health choices. Such strategies exploit the trust that patients put in these companies, betraying their duty to public health.
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