Thursday, January 3, 2008

Drug samples don’t help those in need — word to Obama

A new study discloses that free samples by drugmakers almost totally go to those already well off and insured.

Seventy-two percent of those who received a sample had income in excess of 200 percent above poverty level.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America says that’s because the poor don’t get most their health care at doctor’s offices.

Duhhh. Of course, PhARMA says nothing about why drug manufacturers aren’t sending more of their samples to clinics in the first place.

Related to matters political, I guess this is another reason I don’t buy Obama’s claim that we can all just “reason together” on healthcare.

If he tries something even close to full national health care with that attitude, this shows just how much Big PhARMA will hand him his head on a platter.