.Your Letters, 10/4

Bitter Pill

I strongly disagree with Peter Pitts, who wrote the Sept. 20 Open Mic, “Transparency in Drug


Transparency? His argument is deceptive. His credentials: a former scion of Big Pharma and

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its revolving door to and from government administrators supposedly overseeing corporations.

He is arguing for more money for drug companies.

As an example, Pfizer’s revenue in 2022 was $101.1 billion. Johnson & Johnson’s was

$95.6 billion. On average, these corporations spend about 25% of their revenue on R&D, which is an investment that guarantees greater profits each and every year to come. (Of course, they don’t research any natural remedies; no profit in that.) Big Pharma raked in $1.23 trillion in sales in 2020, expected to rise to $1.7 trillion in 2025.

Where does the money come from for drug companies’ research and development? From the

federal government—that is, from your pocket. Then, the multibillion-dollar drug companies sell

the drugs (“just say no”) back to us taxpayers at the highest prices of any nation on Earth. We

funded the R&D; they get the patents and the profits; we get screwed.

Read the article. Pitts states he is against activists. Price controls are good. We need to

control greedy corporations that are ripping us off.

Barry Barnett

Santa Rosa


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