You’ve probably heard that poem at some point. The fly, uncharacteristically cautious, sees through the spider’s sly invitation and doesn’t go in. That line from Mary Howitt’s poem The Spider and the Fly is used to describe situations when people come face to face with a person that says something ingratiating and attractive but has malevolent motives and intentions.
Sometimes that describes the pharmaceutical lobbyist groups perfectly.
“You think prices are high? Well they’re not. They’re quite reasonable.”
“You are paying too much for your drugs, but you must understand it’s your insurer’s fault. If it were up to us, you’d pay no more than they do.”
“Of course prescription drugs are cheaper in other countries. But you can’t rely on them to be real or effective. By paying for them in the US you’re paying way more but at least you know there will be no issues.”
That last one is always a tough one to swallow. Remember drug companies are essentially saying that if their own products are bought in Canada and taken into the US, they’re unsafe. They’re saying their own products in other countries are substandard and you shouldn’t buy them there. Do you see how far they will go to get you to keep paying their outrageous prices? “Sure that product may be good for Canada, but not for here.”
Americans have to deal with a lot of media spin and pharma propaganda. There’s never a let up in the chatter and noise but Americans have not been fooled by these ridiculous arguments. Millions have ordered prescription drugs from Canada and Europe and have saved millions of dollars by doing so.
The pharmaceutical industry is not a non-profit. Nor should it have to be. But remember their motive is to make money for their shareholders. Some companies do that by making and selling cars, others do it by establishing online services and selling ads or charging user fees. The pharmaceutical industry does it by making medication to treat short term or chronic illnesses. Their motive is profit. But unlike many other industries which have to price their products at what people can actually pay; big pharma prices their products at the maximum they can get deep pocketed insurers and government to pay. They want people to buy their medications in the most expensive place possible; their cost of production doesn’t change but their profit margins certainly do.
Don’t get drawn into the spider’s parlor. Carefully weigh all the chatter and be smart like the fly and don’t fall for their tricks.