Court claims off-label marketing is protected speech
If the FDA is supposed to be our drug watchdog, it’s not some heroic and protective pit bull — it’s a toothless old mutt that cowers in the corner at the slightest sound.
And if you think they can’t do much to protect you from Big Pharma BS now, just wait — because the weakest agency in all of Washington is about to lose the little bit of power it has left.
A federal appeals court has just ruled that off-label drug marketing is constitutionally protected free speech. In short, that means Big Pharma’s say-anything sales force really CAN say almost anything now.
In this specific case, a drug company rep was busted promoting a narcolepsy drug for a host of unapproved uses — including muscle problems, pain, fatigue, and more.
This happens all the time, of course — but every now and then someone is caught and given a slap on the wrist for it. This guy got a misdemeanor conviction, a year of probation, and a little community service.
But the court overturned that conviction — and if you think that sales rep is happy, imagine how his bosses must feel. In fact, imagine how every Big Pharma boss must feel right now.
They’re the ones who REALLY pay when they’re caught illegally marketing drugs. GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer, for example, paid more than $5 billion in fines related to off-label illegal marketing in recent years just between the two of them.
Without the threat of even more fines, you can expect their marketing campaigns to get even bolder, especially when it comes to what they tell your doctor.
The way I see it, that leaves you with two choices.
You can keep seeing your mainstream doctor and not believe a word he says when it comes to drugs, since it may have come straight from the lying lips of a Big Pharma sales rep.
Or you can find a doctor who can’t be corrupted by the Big Pharma marketing machine — like one of the skilled and experienced naturopathic physicians of the American College for Advancement in Medicine.
The choice is yours.