COVID: Taxpayers Invest in Pharma Profits

August 27, 2020

Taxpayers are shelling out billions for drugs that don’t work. This has to stop. Action Alert!

A recent exposé in Rolling Stone magazine details how Big Pharma companies are making out like bandits during this pandemic. The details highlight some of the worst aspects of our crony medical system that ensures Americans keep taking drugs that are expensive, dangerous, and often don’t work. Government regulators then eliminate the competition by gagging information about safe, affordable, natural medicines. We need your help to put an end to this corruption.

Remdesivir is the perfect case study. This drug, developed with $99 million of taxpayer money from the federal government, failed to get approved as a treatment for hepatitis and Ebola, yet it has been “pulled off the scrap heap,” in the words of one Congressman, to become a huge money-maker. It costs a reported $10 of raw materials to make each dose of Remdesivir, and generic versions are already being made in Bangladesh for $600 a course. Gilead, Remdesivir’s manufacturer, sells the drug to other governments around the world for $2,340 a course.

And the price for US patients? $3,120 per course. Recall that the drug doesn’t have a significant effect on mortality.

To quote Rolling Stone:

Gilead, a company with a market capitalization of more than $90 billion, making it bigger than Goldman Sachs, develops an antiviral drug with the help of $99 million in American government grant money. Though the drug may cost as little as $10 per dose to make, and is being produced generically in Bangladesh at about a fifth of the list price, and costs about a third less in Europe than it does in the U.S., Gilead ended up selling hundreds of thousands of doses at the maximum conceivable level, i.e., the American private-insurance price — which, incidentally, might be about 10 times what it’s worth, given its actual medical impact.

This is par for the course. In the COVID response, the federal government has allocated $20 billion for vaccine development and another $6 billion for manufacturing and distribution. The profits from any vaccine that is produced, of course, will be privatized.

For a long time, Big Pharma’s business model has relied on heavy public investment to subsidize the development of new drugs. Of the 210 medicines approved by the FDA between 2010 and 2016, every one originated in government labs, or university labs funded by the government.

We have a series of monopolies created and protected by the power of the federal government for drugs that can be dangerous and often times don’t work. Meanwhile, we know zinc and quercetin and other natural treatments do work. But in order to make any kind of health claim, a supplement would need to go through FDA drug approval, which is an exorbitantly expensive process. But because supplements are generally not patentable like drugs are, no company will fund the research necessary to gain FDA approval. The result is that promising natural treatments like zinc together with quercetin are completely ignored by our health system. If we have any hope of improving healthcare in this country, this arrangement needs to change.

Action Alert! Sign our petition that seeks to reform a healthcare system that blocks access to natural treatments that generally cannot go through FDA approval. Please send your message immediately.

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37 responses to “COVID: Taxpayers Invest in Pharma Profits”

  1. Bharat Adarkar says:

    Reform a healthcare system that blocks access to natural treatments that generally cannot go through FDA approval.

  2. Natalia Franklin says:

    We need to put an end to government officials corruption who is in condem with the Big Pharma/Medical mobs fleecing and murdering Americal people.

  3. Nikolai Yakimov says:

    It is disgusting that everybody knows that but Big Pharma mobs are still fooling everyone around and never found responcible. My wife died because of the side effect of the vaccine and no one found responsible. No liability!

  4. winston says:

    This is unconscionable. Quit wasting our tax dollars.

  5. Rosalind Reynolds says:

    Greed that cost of lives, should NOT be tolerated in the United States !!!

  6. DoRi Miles says:

    Changes are IMPERATIVE!

  7. Faye says:

    Nothing but a scam!

  8. Michele Reese says:

    Why does this FDA not support natural health options? Is this agency so beholden to Big Pharmaceutical, Big Insurance, other “medical“ organizations, and of course our representatives that it cannot, or will not do their due diligence to get healthcare options besides mainstream practices? This is pathetic, and inhumane, unethical, immoral and should be illegal!

  9. Neil Wilson-JR says:

    the FDA is not concerned for our health, the only purpose for the FDA is to protect the profits of the greed based Big Pharma. Big Pharma kills people with their poisons and get away with murder. I would already be dead if I was still taking the poisons the FDA pushes on us. Luckily I found natural remedies for my back pain that actually works and I stopped taking the opioid pain killers that did not work in the first place.

  10. Carol Wagner says:

    Since common sense has gone away, this is even more rampant. There should be no excuse for ignorance!

  11. Anita Leihy says:

    I object to my taxes being used to fund Big Pharma, while at the same time suppressing natural treatments like zinc and other supplements.
    It is time for transparency and accountability in regard to government programs and use of taxes for drug research and studies.
    I am very disturbed to. learn that many in government positions of authority over my health have conflicts of interest with Big Pharma – including Anthony Faucci and the CDC. We have a right to unbiased Science and honest answers from our government officials.
    I also object to mandatory vaccinations. I retain the right to informed consent and the right to refuse medical treatments I do not want.

  12. Karl Hamann says:

    Let natural products get through the FDA!

  13. Melvin Bautista says:

    All of our tax dollars are being issued to some pharmaceutical firms that have created dubious claims of developing a cure for the current coronavirus. Some of these firms are tied to the Trump administration where they are receiving funds to the tune of billions on supposed cures that cannot be developed for in many cases years of study. These pharma firms are making claims that they can develop cures within months which is not valid their only ruse is to get the billions that Trump is giving to them. These are our tax dollars being given to in some cases sham companies who are in it for the money. We want what is finally developed to be a reputable virus solution to be administered to us at no cost as we are the ones that taxes paid for the cures.

  14. John A. Snider says:

    Defund the FDA !!

  15. Bernadette Belcastro says:

    We have a series of monopolies created and protected by the power of the federal government for drugs that can be dangerous and often times don’t work. Meanwhile, we know zinc and quercetin and other natural treatments do work. But in order to make any kind of health claim, a supplement would need to go through FDA drug approval, which is an exorbitantly expensive process. But because supplements are generally not patentable like drugs are, no company will fund the research necessary to gain FDA approval. The result is that promising natural treatments like zinc together with quercetin are completely ignored by our health system. If we have any hope of improving healthcare in this country, this arrangement needs to change.

  16. Ronlyn A Schwartz says:

    Taxpayers are shelling out billions for drugs that don’t work. This has to stop.

    A recent exposé in Rolling Stone magazine details how Big Pharma companies are making out like bandits during this pandemic. The details highlight some of the worst aspects of our crony medical system that ensures Americans keep taking drugs that are expensive, dangerous, and often don’t work. Government regulators then eliminate the competition by gagging information about safe, affordable, natural medicines. We need your help to put an end to this corruption.

    Remdesivir is the perfect case study. This drug, developed with $99 million of taxpayer money from the federal government, failed to get approved as a treatment for hepatitis and Ebola, yet it has been “pulled off the scrap heap,” in the words of one Congressman, to become a huge money-maker. It costs a reported $10 of raw materials to make each dose of Remdesivir, and generic versions are already being made in Bangladesh for $600 a course. Gilead, Remdesivir’s manufacturer, sells the drug to other governments around the world for $2,340 a course.

    And the price for US patients? $3,120 per course. Recall that the drug doesn’t have a significant effect on mortality.

    To quote Rolling Stone:

    Gilead, a company with a market capitalization of more than $90 billion, making it bigger than Goldman Sachs, develops an antiviral drug with the help of $99 million in American government grant money. Though the drug may cost as little as $10 per dose to make, and is being produced generically in Bangladesh at about a fifth of the list price, and costs about a third less in Europe than it does in the U.S., Gilead ended up selling hundreds of thousands of doses at the maximum conceivable level, i.e., the American private-insurance price — which, incidentally, might be about 10 times what it’s worth, given its actual medical impact.

    This is par for the course. In the COVID response, the federal government has allocated $20 billion for vaccine development and another $6 billion for manufacturing and distribution. The profits from any vaccine that is produced, of course, will be privatized.

    For a long time, Big Pharma’s business model has relied on heavy public investment to subsidize the development of new drugs. Of the 210 medicines approved by the FDA between 2010 and 2016, every one originated in government labs, or university labs funded by the government.

    We have a series of monopolies created and protected by the power of the federal government for drugs that can be dangerous and often times don’t work. Meanwhile, we know zinc and quercetin and other natural treatments do work. But in order to make any kind of health claim, a supplement would need to go through FDA drug approval, which is an exorbitantly expensive process. But because supplements are generally not patentable like drugs are, no company will fund the research necessary to gain FDA approval. The result is that promising natural treatments like zinc together with quercetin are completely ignored by our health system. If we have any hope of improving healthcare in this country, this arrangement needs to change.

  17. Natalie Alexander says:

    Americans keep taking drugs that are expensive, dangerous and often don’t work, we need safe, affordable, natural medicines. Please put an end to this crony corrupt medical system.

  18. Rossen Vassilev Jr says:

    People need to know about alternative meds. They often better than prescriptions and are much more affordable.

  19. michelle lammers says:

    Do your job and stop this!

  20. Tom says:

    Very scary when they are fast tracking fake vaccines for a fake virus in 1/10 the time they might normally be created and tested. No thanks, they will have to kill me before I take any vaccines. I have no desire to have my RNA/DNA altered by a scumbag like Bill Gates.

  21. diana horowitz says:

    this is disgusting and beyond unacceptable!

  22. James Hadcroft says:

    Help stop the attempted fascist takeover of the U.S.A.

    “The freedom of speech may be taken away and dumb men silent,
    we may be led like sheep to the slaughter.” George Washington

    We’ve been socially distanced for years. It’s called racism.

    Regards,
    James K Hadcroft
    Veteran, Active Voter, Progressive, Taxpayer

  23. Harry C Richey says:

    Stop spending billions on meds that don’t work!

  24. Alice Trebus says:

    Big Pharma has got to stop putting profits above the well-being of people. It’s unconscionable, + beyond greedy!

  25. D. H. says:

    Just as disgusting as it’s always been. No surprise to ME, over decades of being well aware of how these corrupt corporate capitalism systems have been run since their rotten inception. Still wish I could “take action,” but because I don’t live in the US, with your form as is, sadly, I can’t.

    • ANH-USA says:

      Hi D.H.,

      Thank you for your support! While it’s true that you can’t sign our petition we do have a sister organization in the UK, ANH International, that focuses on natural health care and freedom of choice. You can check out their website https://www.anhinternational.org/ where they publish regular articles and videos.

  26. Cheryl Eames says:

    Taxpayers should be supported non-profit health research, not research for corporations. Corporations, should be using all their tax breaks to finance their own research. Our tax money should also be supporting natural remedies that don’t have all the toxic side effects of most prescription medicines.

  27. Cathleen says:

    We don’t want to pay anymore to big pharma who is making profits off the pandemic. Our president keeps handing them more money even though some of these treatments don’t work and he and his cronies are making money off of and manipulating the stock market like they do all the time!

  28. Adam Kaplan says:

    I’m sick of businesses taking our tax dollars without giving a product woth the investment

  29. Karen lee says:

    Stop throwing our hard earned tax $ away!!

  30. Eric Wollscheid says:

    This petition seeks to reform a healthcare system that blocks access to natural treatments that generally cannot go through FDA approval.

  31. Barry Hart says:

    Big Pharmaceutical companies dominate our health care system & people are dying because of this.

  32. Susan Vogt says:

    I am tired of my dollars going to rich company CEOs that then screw us over our own drugs!

  33. Kerry Adamson says:

    This is a major conflict of interest between the Federal Government and Big Pharma. This continues to be tolerated and allows employees special treatment, favors, money, and access to employment if you are one of them. Pharmaceuticals and the conventional medical system is the 4th leading cause of DEATH in the US. Many drugs are more of a risk rather than a benefit and cause other medical conditions the individual didn’t have before they took the drug. The government has failed and continues to fail in communicating preventive, alternative, and common sense lifestyle strategies to maintain optimal health. The RDA and RDI nutrient requirements are draconian. The consumer must do their own research and find credible science and products on their own for a fraction of the cost of a deadly drug. Many life saving drugs are delayed for people whos need them now or have exhausted all other avenues of treatment.

  34. Jean M MacCuaig says:

    Living here in France makes me very happy to not be at the mercy of these robber-barons pharma companies. Too bad for y’all that the governments sell you out.

  35. max says:

    The whole health care system is a fraud and cost too much to be fordable with out government insurance which is poor idea which lacks self responsibility! Change Lifestyle instead of remedying it. “You can’t remedy Lifestyle”
    What about natural remedies which are in harmony with nature and cost so much less. Real food and no chemicals are how health will be reestablished.
    Let alone HCQ and Quinine or Sodium Chlorite compared to Remdesivir which is a fraud and does not do as much to regain health & at that cost!!! It is all about making a profit not health.

    There are so many natural remedies that i have seen work better than most medicines for the same syndromes. Medicine is a criminal operation run by the DS and Protifitiers who do not care about the people. Vaccines are a Trojan horse to the human immune system. Watch out for them!!!!!

    We need to clean out the DS personnel in the alphabet agencies; especially the CDC, FDA & EPA and in the AMA & Big Pharma with respect to health

  36. Peter Webb says:

    I live in Australia. Similar happens here but on a smaller scale .Usually we are the” benficiary “of BIG Pharma Drugs and pricing from their operations overseas (USA mainly) and with the currency differential our costs are horrendous. Once, based on the scare tactics of WHO and Big Pharma puppets like Fauci we purchased $100 million of Tamiflu and never used a dose. We suffer the same oppressipon of our Natural health industry. Apricot Kernel was even banned some years ago as many knew it was very effective treating Cancer.We are gearing up for the fight against Mandatory Vaccine re Covid (we have only 540 deaths in pop of 26 mill) and the ‘nojab-no work’ orders where if not taking vaccine then no job . Lawyers are in process to mount a Class Action re this. Good luck with your petition. I really admire organizations like yours that have a go against the ‘Machine’

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