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									The Pharmaceutical Industry
Facts, Fiction, Policy and Ethics

Martin Donohoe

Outline
• Economics • Influences on Physician Prescribing • Academia-Industry Connection • Ethical and Policy Issues

Prescription Drugs
• 10,000 FDAapproved drugs • 70% of all office visits lead to prescriptions • 1.5 - 2.0 billion prescriptions/year

Prescription Drugs and Health Care Costs
• >10% of U.S. medical costs
• The fastest growing component of the $1.3 trillion US health care bill

Economics of the Pharmaceutical Industry
• Sales revenues tripled over last decade • Prices increased 150% (versus 50% CPI) • Spending up 17% from 2000 to 2001

Economics of the Pharmaceutical Industry
• Worldwide sales > $145 billion/year • US = Largest market »40 % of worldwide sales
• Average CEO compensation = $20 million (1998)

Economics
• 16.4% profit margin in 2000 ($24 billion) -Largest of any industry -4 times greater than average return of all fortune 500 companies -8 out of 25 most profitable U.S. companies are pharmaceutical companies

Economics of the Pharmaceutical Industry • Greater than 5000 companies worldwide • Less than 100 companies account for over 90% of worldwide market

Mergers and Acquisitions
• Drug company mergers - Pfizer-Warner-Lambert - Upjohn-Pharmacia
→Pfizer acquired Pharmacia in 2002 for $60 billion to become the world’s most powerful drug conglomerate

Drug Industry Lobbying • Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers’ Association powerful lobby • 623 lobbyists for 535 members of Congress

Drug Industry Lobbying
• $38 million donated to Congressional campaigns in the 1990s • $84 million in 2000 election (2/3 to Republicans)
» Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) - $169,000 in 2000 - #1 » John Ashcroft (Atty. Gen’l) - $50,000 in losing 2000 Senate bid

• GW Bush received $456,000 during his 2000 election campaign

Drug Costs
• U.S. highest in the world 55% > Europe 35% to 80% > Canada (drug companies still among the most profitable in Canada) • Cross border pharmacy visits increasingly common »Canada vs. Mexico

Drug Costs
• U.S. only large industrialized country which does not regulate drug prices • Single payer system would dramatically decrease drug costs »Single purchaser able to negotiate deep discounts

Drugs: Who Pays?
• 55% out-of-pocket

• 25% private insurance
• 17% medicaid • 3% Other (VA, Workman’s Comp, IHS, etc..)

Where Prescription Dollars Go
• Research and development - 12% -preclinical testing - 6% -clinical testing - 6% • Manufacturing and distribution - 24% • Sales and marketing - 26% • Administrative / miscellaneous expenses 12% • Taxes - 9% • Net profit - 17%

The Elderly and Prescription Drug Coverage
• Elderly represent 12% of U.S. population, yet account for 33% of drug expenditures • Almost 2/3 of elderly Medicare enrollees have no coverage for outpatient drugs »sicker and poorer then their counterparts with supplemental insurance.

The Elderly and Prescription Drug Coverage
• Drug expenditures increasing up to 10 times as fast as SS and SSI benefits • 1 out of 6 elderly Medicare patients are poor or near poor (incomes less than $7,309 or $9,316 respectively)

Consequences of No Prescription Drug Coverage for the Elderly Noncompliance, partial compliance Increased ER visits and preventable hospitalizations, higher rates of disability, and greater overall costs

Consequences of No Prescription Drug Coverage for the Elderly Elderly, chronically ill individuals without coverage are twice as likely to enter nursing homes

The Elderly and Prescription Drug Coverage
• Universal outpatient drug coverage costsaving -pharmaceutical industry strongly opposed
-Citizens for Better Medicare (pharmaceutical industry front group) $65 million ad campaign to defeat a Medicare prescription drug plan in 2000

• Bush/Congressional prescription drug benefit proposals woefully inadequate

Generics
• Increased market share -1983 = 15% -1993 = 40% -2000 = 42% • Average cost 1/3 of comparable name-brand drug

Generics
• Brand name manufacturers acquiring generic producers »E.g., Merck-Medco

• Prices rose almost twice as rapidly as those of brand-name drugs in 2002

Delaying Generic Competition
• Nuisance lawsuits against generic manufacturers • Lobbying for Congressional Bills Extending Patent Protection »Schering Plough / Claritin - $20 million lobbying campaign »Big-name lobbyists (Howard Baker, C Everett Koop, Dennis Deconcini, Linda Daschle)

Influences on Physician Prescribing Habits
• • • • • • • • Texts Journals Colleagues Formularies Samples Patient requests Personal experience Cost

Influences on Physician Prescribing Habits • Gifts • Drug advertisements • Pharmaceutical representatives

Gifts from Pharmaceutical Companies
• • • • • • • Pens, toys and puzzles Household gadgets Food Books Event tickets Travel and meeting expenses Cash

Patients’ Attitudes Toward Pharmaceutical Company Gifts (Gibbons et al.)
• 200 patients, 270 physicians • 1/2 of patients aware that doctors receive gifts • 1/4 believe their doctor(s) accepted gifts • 1/3 felt costs passed along to patients • Patients felt gifts less appropriate then did physicians

AMA Guidelines Re Gifts to Physicians from Industry
• Gifts of modest value which benefit patients O.K. »Pens, notepads, modest meals, textbooks acceptable »Film, videos, CDs; ―Dinner to Go‖ (Merck); ―Look for a Book‖ GlaxoSmithKline PLC); Palm Pilots (Dupont) – may be acceptable

AMA Guidelines Re Gifts to Physicians from Industry • No cash gifts • No gifts with strings attached

AMA Guidelines Re Gifts to Physicians from Industry • CME sponsorship money to conference sponsor, not participating physicians

• Meeting expenses for trainees funneled through institution

Pharmaceutical Company Advertising
• $15 billion in 2000 »up to $15,000/U.S. physician »over $6 billion - advertising and marketing »over $7 billion - sales reps’ salaries »50,000 salespersons: 1/10 prescribing physicians

Pharmaceutical Company Advertising – Drug Samples

• $8 billion/year in samples • Dispensed at 10% - 20% of visits

Drug Samples
• Only ½ of samples go to patients »60% of pharm reps self-medicate »50% of residents self-medicate, often using samples »early 1990s - benzos »2000 - SSRIS for depression, antihistamines for sleep

Truthfulness in Drug Ads
Wilkes et al. Ann Int Med 1992:116:912-9

• 10 leading medical journals
• 109 ads and all available references (82%) • 3 independent reviewers

Truthfulness in Drug Ads: FDA Requirements
• True statements -effectiveness -contradictions -side effects • Balance • Instructions for use • Approved uses only

Truthfulness in Drug Ads: Data
• • • • 57% little or no educational value 40% not balanced 33% misleading headline 30% incorrectly called drug the ―agent of choice‖ • 44% could lead to improper prescribing

Truthfulness in Drug Ads
• Higher percentage of ads misleading in Third World »Many agents available OTC

• Increased FDA oversight and enforcement needed

Doctors are Influenced by Pharmaceutical Advertising and Marketing

• Prescribing patterns »e.g., Calcium channel blockers • 1998: Trovan most promoted drug in US; sales most ever for an antibiotic in one year; use since limited by FDA due to liver toxicity

Doctors are Influenced:
Formulary Requests by P and T Committee Members (JAMA 1994;271:684-9)

• Met with drug rep – 3.4X more likely to request company’s drug • Accepted money to speak at symposia – 3.9X • Accepted money to attend symposia – 7.9X • Accepted money to perform companysponsored research – 9.5X

Pharmaceuticals Sales Reps’ Techniques
• Appeal to authority

• Appeal to popularity
• The ―red herring‖ • Appeal to pity
» Dryden - ―Pity melts the mind‖

Pharmaceuticals Sales Reps’ Techniques
• Appeal to curiosity

• Free food/gifts
• Testimonials • Relationship building/face time

Pharmaceutical Sales Reps’ Techniques
• Active learning – reinforcement / change • Favorable but inaccurate statements • Negative comments re competitors’ products • Reprints not conforming to FDA regulations

Relating to Pharmaceutical Reps
• Awareness of sales tactics • Learn about new agents/formulations being developed and tested • Question them, ask for references »Evaluate quality of references

Sources of Accurate and Reliable Drug Information
• The Medical Letter • Peer-reviewed studies and reviews • Micromedex • Prescribers’ Letter • Large databases -The Cochrane Collaboration

Sources of Accurate and Reliable Drug Information
• Textbooks • Facts and Comparisons • AHFS Drug Evaluations • AMA Drug Evaluations • Conn’s Current Therapy • The FDA (sometimes) • Not PDR

Direct to Consumer Advertising
• Began in 1980, briefly banned 198385 • Expenditures: $155 million—1985 $356 million--1995 $1 billion--1998 $2.8 billion--2000

Direct to Consumer Advertising
• US and New Zealand only countries to allow prime time TV advertising • 1989 - one drug achieved >10% public recognition • 1995 - 13 of the 17 most-heavily marketed • 2000 – Schering-Plough spent more to market Claritin than Coca-Cola Enterprises and Anheuser Busch spent to market their products

Direct to Consumer Advertising: Use of Celebrities
• Micky Mantle – Voltaren • Bob Dole – Viagra • Joan Lunden – Claritin

• ―Newman‖ - Relenza

Effects of Direct to Consumer Advertising
• Better educated/informed (?misinformed?) patients • Discovery of unrecognized illnesses: diabetes, hypertension, hep C, ED • More proactive patients • Diversion from important health issues; wasted time

Pet Pharmaceutical Industry
• $3 billion market • Examples: » Clonicalm (clomipramine) for separation anxiety in dogs » Anipryl (seligeline) for canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome » ―Sea pet‖ shark cartilage treats for doggie arthritis • Pet superstores and websites sell multiple antibiotics

Pharmaceuticals on the Farm: Agricultural Antibiotic Use • Agriculture accounts for 70% of U.S. antibiotic use »Use up 50% over the last 15 years »Due to explosion in factory farming

Consequences of Agricultural Antibiotic Use
• CDC: ―Antibiotic use in food animals is the dominant source of antibiotic resistance among food-borne pathogens.‖ » Campylobacter fluoroquinolone resistance » VREF (poss. due to avoparcin use in chickens)

The FDA: Current Issues
• Nicotine/Cigarette regulation • Policies re transgenic foods (GMOs, Frankenfoods)
» Biopharming

• Pharmaceutical industry involvement in research and production of chemical and biological warfare agents and drugs used to facilitate executions

Policy Issues Related to Women’s Health Care Drugs
• OCPs available OTC • Pharmacist-prescribed emergency contraception »reduce number of unintended pregnancies »cost saving to patients and health care system

Concerns Re Research in the U.S. • 22% of new drugs developed over the last 2 decades new molecular entities »Most are ―me too‖ drugs »Examples

Concerns Re Research in the U.S.
• Insurance coverage of clinical trials decreasing »Low enrollment causing delays in evaluating cancer medications • Clinical trials a stop-gap source of care / meds for poor and uninsured

Unethical placebo-controlled trials
anti-depressants anti-psychotics anti-emetics anti-hypertensives anti-inflammatories

Pharmaceutical Company Research
• 90% of health research dollars are spent on the health problems of 10% of the world’s population »research on major diseases of the developing world under-funded, not profitable

Pharmaceutical Company Experimentation • Third World experimentation with inappropriate placebo-controls: AIDS drugs/Africa; Sulfazyme/Brazil »Results more beneficial to First World patients

Anti-AIDS Drug Availability in Africa • 36 million infected with HIV; 2/3 in sub-Saharan Africa (1.3% of global pharmaceutical market) »Only 1/1000 S. African AIDS patients getting anti-HIV drugs

Anti-AIDS Drug Availability in Africa
• PHRMA lawsuit vs South Africa (supported by US govt) »parallel importing »compulsory licensing »dropped after activist campaign • PHRMA continues to lobby against parallel importing and compulsory licensing through governments and the WTO

Third World ―Donations‖ (Dumping) of Pharmaceuticals
• Genuine gifts • Dubious ―gifts‖ »clear out stocks of nearly-expired drugs/poor sellers »tax write-offs (up to 2x production costs)

Third World ―Donations‖ (Dumping) of Pharmaceuticals
• Egregious Examples: -Expired Ceclor to Central Africa -Garlic pills and TUMS to Rwanda -50% of donations to Bosnia expired or medically worthless • Donation recommendations from WHO: -WHO list of essential drugs -Expiration date at least 1 year away

Academia/Pharmaceutical Industry Links Strong/Growing • Industry funds 8-40% of university research (a 7-fold increase since 1970) • ¼ of scientific investigators have industry affiliations

Academia/Pharmaceutical Industry Links Strong/Growing • 2/3 of academic institutions hold equity in start-ups that sponsor research at the same institutions • Up to 80% of science and engineering faculty perform outside consultations

Exclusive university - corporate agreements
» MIT – 5 yr, $15 million deal with Merck and Co. for patent rights to joint discoveries » DFCI – Novartis » UC Berkeley – Novartis » Wash U. in St Louis - Pharmacia » Univ. of CO – Ribazyme » BIH - Pfizer » MGH - Shiseido

Guidelines
• Majority of authors of Clinical Practice Guidelines published in major journals have industry ties

• Authors of NEJM reviews and editorials can accept up to $10,000/year in speaking and consulting fees from each company about whose products they are writing

Problems Consequent to Increased Academia-Industry Partnerships
• Impaired sharing of knowledge, materials » Difficulties in repeating/verifying important research • Impaired collaboration » Driven by usual academic competitive jealousies, fears of contract violations and subsequent litigation, and desire to protect financial interests and keep stock prices high • Patents used to inhibit other investigators’ research

Educational Concerns Regarding Industry-Funded Research
• Diversion of faculty away from teaching, towards more remunerative consultations • Faculty change research direction • Fellows/post-docs diverted to industryrelated topics • Patent- and profit motive-relatedpublication delays affect trainee and junior faculty career development

Withholding of Data / Publication Delays / Harassment of Researchers
• JAMA Celebrex (Pharmacia) study: fewer ulcers than ibuprofen at 6 months, but no difference at one year (only 6 month data submitted and published • Synthroid study: Betty Dong, UCSF, Boots/Knoll Pharmaceuticals

• Deferipone: Nancy Oliveri, University of Toronto, Apotex

Issues in Drug Company Research 60% of industry-sponsored trials are contracted out to for-profit research firms, which in turn may contract with for-profit NIRBs for ethical review *Conflict of interest

Proliferation of Physician ―Researchers‖
• 3-fold increase in the number of physicians conducting ―research‖ in the last decade • ―Investigators‖ can make from $500 to $6000 per enrolled subject »Active recruiters can make from $500,000 to $1 million per year

Seeding Trials
• Sponsored by sales and marketing dept., rather than research division • ―Investigators‖ chosen not for their expertise, but because they prescribe competitor’s drug • Up to 25% of patients enrolled in clinical trials

Seeding Trials • Study design poor • Results rarely published • Disproportionate amount paid for ―investigator’s‖ work (writing a prescription)

Recommendations for IndustrySponsored Research
• Written agreements with university, not researcher • Alternatives therapies selected based on clinical relevance • Stepwise project results not provided to sponsor until study is funded and open publication guaranteed

Recommendations for IndustrySponsored Research
• Full disclosure of conflicts of interest

• No gag clauses regarding publication
• Investigator not to act as consultant during study • National/international database of clinical trials

The Pharmaceutical Industry and Medical Ethics
• Funding of conferences, Centers of Ethics, individual investigators »E.g., $1 million gift from SmithKline Beecham to Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics • Rapid growth of for-profit noninstitutional review boards (NIRBs)
» Ethicists for hire

The Pharmaceutical Industry and Medical Ethics
• Ethics consultants serving on corporate boards »E.g., Harold Shapiro continued to draw annual director’s salary from Dow Chemical while serving as Chair of NBAC • Loss of appearance of independence; damage to credibility • Most bioethics journals do not require conflict of interest disclosures

Increasing Involvement of Industry in Provision of Continuing Medical Education
• 1/2 of the $1.1 billion spent on CME in 1999 from industry • Medical Education and Communication Companies »Sponsored/paid mainly by drug companies »Provide ―educational‖ materials gratis

Guidelines for Speakers at Industry-Sponsored Events
• Educational, not promotional • Content based on scientific data and clinical experience • Full disclosure of relationship with company and honoraria • Travel expenses not lavish • *Few mechanisms for surveillance/guideline enforcement *

Enhancing Cooperation Between Physicians and the Pharmaceutical Industry • Improve compliance • Decrease adverse events • Promote and fund of open, freelyshared basic science and clinical research, with appropriate but not excessive compensation to the sponsoring investigator, institution and company

Conclusion
• Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology Industries -Tremendous contributions to health -Motivation = ―alleviate suffering‖ -Primary responsibility = ―make money for shareholders‖

Suggestions
• Be aware of worrisome trends in the business of drugs, research and health care • Thoughtfully consider your relationship with pharmaceutical companies • Advocate locally and nationally for solutions

Contact Information
Public Health and Social Justice Website http://www.phsj.org martindonohoe@phsj.org


								
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