Disease Profiteering in America

What happens when profit trumps principle?

"The combined profits for the ten drug companies in the Fortune 500 ($35.9 billion) were
more than the profits for all the other 490 businesses put together
($33.7 billion) [in 2002].
"Over the past two decades the pharmaceutical industry has moved very far from
its original high purpose of discovering and producing useful new drugs.
 Now primarily a marketing machine  to sell drugs of dubious benefit,
this industry uses its wealth and power to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way,
including the US Congress, the FDA, academic medical centers, and the medical profession itself.
   ~ Dr. Marcia Angell, former editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine
[from: http://www.wanttoknow.info/healthcoverup ]