I spent twenty-five years in pharmaceutical advertising. I saw the insides of these boardrooms, and I learned firsthand their “intent.” The days of pharmaceutical companies spending millions on drug research essentially ended with Viagra. When you can make billions of dollars off a lousy blood pressure medication simply by turning it into a ED drug (erectile dysfunction), why spend millions? That’s exactly what happened. The research came back and showed nearly eighty percent of the male test subjects had “wood.” From there, it was nothing to make billions from the new indication (I was there). Next came buying university-sponsored labs creating new medications. All the giant pharma companies had to do was pay out a few million, and possibly offer the universities a bursary. That’s exactly how new drugs are created today — not the so called millions PharmaBitch is talking about.

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I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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