Monthly Archives: July 2012
Just out today – the UK has finally gone mad and will offer all children between the ages of 2 and 17 a flu vaccine – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18969338
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the greatest people at risk are the under-2’s and over 65’s so it beats me as to why 2-17 year olds are being targeted…The article actually says: “Children usually get a mild and sometimes unpleasant illness from seasonal flu. They rarely suffer complications. Youngsters who do are usually in the at-risk groups already offered a flu vaccine”. So if there is little problem why introduce it!? I guess AstraZeneca who manufactures the vaccine is rubbing its hands with glee…
The BBC article states “The UK is thought to be the first country in the world to offer free flu immunisation to all children” Are they serious? Where do you think the money will come from to pay for these jabs? Or have AstraZeneca become a charity overnight. The answer lies two paragraphs above this quote : “Nine million children will be eligible for the nasal flu vaccine and the price tag could be more than £100m a year“. So there you go £100m of tax payers money will be paid to AstraZeneca – great!
Well it’s good for Big Pharma and their shareholders anyway. Why do I say that? Well just look at the recent $5.3bn acquisition of Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca. Amylin produce diabetes drugs Byetta and Bydureon. It is estimated that they will need to make $2bn in peak sales to justify the transaction. Byetta made $518m in sales last year and Bydureon $7m in the first quarter of the year being only approved for sale in January. So looking at the figures they are going to have to do some hard selling to get their money back! Indeed Bristol executives said that while Amylin’s sales force had targeted endocrinologists, the combined sales forces of the three companies would be able to widen their presence to cover primary care physicians.
One endocrinologist I’ve mentioned in previous posts is Dr Robert Lustig who has stated that the lack of fibre in our modern diet combined with too much sugar (and high-fructose corn syrup) is the cause of obesity and diabetes. He believes you can cure type 2 diabetes in a week with a high-fibre diet. But do you think Big Pharma actually cares about this endocrinologists opinion. Hell no. At the end of the day these companies are raking in the profits as more and more people become ill through their poor diet. It’s the same for the food industry. It’s been shown that their lobbying of governments and other agencies forces them to water-down or even shelve reports that would hurt their business. Have a look at these articles where the sugar industry threatened the WHO (World Health Organisation) over a report they drafted recommending reducing a persons sugar intake:
And guess what happened? Yup the WHO recommendations were dropped – check out the video 9 mins in:
Also check out YouTube for all the episodes of The Men Who Made Us Fat – not on BBC iplayer anymore.