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Why most health commissioners end up in bed with Big Pharma

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Past FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is the most recent in a long list of commissioners who have taken jobs with Big Pharma, supporting the impression there may be an underlying agreement between the pharmaceutical industry and those charged with regulating approval of their products
  • While in office, Gottlieb pushed several policies to speed drug approvals and to encourage greater use of biosimilars, generic copies of more expensive biologic drugs used to treat autoimmune diseases and some cancers; Pfizer, on which Gottlieb will serve on the board of directors, is a manufacturer of these drugs
  • The CDC also has a history of leaders who do business with Big Pharma. Dr. Julie Gerberding, head of the CDC until 2009, left and a short while later joined Merck as president of the vaccine division, and CDC director Brenda Fitzgerald resigned after it was revealed she purchased shares in tobacco, drug and food companies while the director of the CDC
  • It may be more important than ever to protect your health. Some of the simplest strategies are to eat a whole food diet, get at least eight hours of quality sleep, exercise daily and move consistently throughout the day

Treatments for medical problems have been used since the beginning of human civilization. While many illnesses were thought to be the work of supernatural forces, various ancient civilizations created unique systems for treating individuals using, among other things, herbal remedies.

Despite a lack of scientific knowledge and use of modern technology, many of these early remedies were useful and are still currently used. The beginning of pharmacy practice goes back as far as the Middle Ages. However, the industry we know had its roots in the 19th century.

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