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Ibogaine and the Problem with Big Pharma

Ibogaine and the Problem with Big PharmaIt’s no secret that Big Pharma is big business. So big in fact that in 2012, the top 11 pharmaceutical companies made some $85 billion in net profits, and sales for prescription medications are expected to reach over $1 trillion worldwide by the year 2018.

In the US there are 7 out of 10 people that take a prescription every single day. Some of these drugs (that are prescribed very freely by doctors) are ridiculously expensive to attain, with some prescriptions running from $1,000 a month and some costing up to $750 per pill.

Prescription drugs in America are more expensive than any other country in the world. For example, Lipitor (used to treat high cholesterol) costs about $6 in New Zealand, $11 in South Africa, and $13 in Spain. The cost for the same drug costs about $100 in the US.

Big Pharma Controls More Than You Think

Not only is medication out of control expensive, but the whole business of Big Pharma and the monstrous profits they’re receiving has spread to other sectors of America’s healthcare system. Pharmaceutical companies are spending big money to influence doctors…with doctors pushing out more prescriptions than ever. Doctors are relying on these drug companies for the very information about the substances they’re prescribing.

What’s more is that Big Pharma not only has control of the doctors, but of the FDA as well. A paper from Harvard called out the FDA in 2013, making allegations that it “couldn’t be trusted” because it is owned by Big Pharma. They also own and control almost all prominent medical journals, carrying the ability to spread any medical information to the American public, often distributing false propaganda and information regarding prescription medications.

Pharmaceutical companies are controlling our system and it’s the American public that is literally forced to pay for their greed. Tell someone something long enough and they’ll begin to believe it’s true. Which is exactly what’s happened with the outrageous amounts of prescription drugs people are now taking, believing that these pills are exactly what they “need” to stay healthy and feel better.

Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

Addiction Treatment and Big Pharma

One sector of the healthcare system that is truly suffering is the approach Big Pharma takes towards addiction. It’s no secret that addiction rates are soaring in the United States, with the very “cures” for addiction being more drugs. Heroin and opioid addiction has become an epidemic over the last decade. However, when someone goes to their doctor for treatment, it is often more opioids they’re prescribed to overcome their addiction. And because Big Pharma controls everything, no one questions the absurdity of this process. They’re simply taking an addict, promising a certain pill will help with treatment, and keeping people addicted. All while more and more money floods into their pockets.

Real addiction treatment must address the psychological reasons behind it. To be truly free from addiction, one must look deeply within the psyche and release what has held them prisoner. Ibogaine has shown to be immensely adept at doing just that, but is still classified as a Schedule Class I Substance by the FDA.

If someone truly overcomes addiction (which Ibogaine shows unprecedented rates of doing so), they will no longer be subject to taking the pills prescribed by their doctors for their addiction. And here is where Big Pharma begins to lose a lot of money.

The market for addiction treatment in 2014 was around $35 billion. If addiction treatment actually worked, this would be a lot of money taken away from the powers that be. The drugs that doctors are prescribing for addiction are not only expensive, but aren’t doing exactly what they’re supposed to. Sure, they may help someone stop using heroin, but often leave them reliant on prescriptions for the rest of their life.

Take Suboxone for instance. Known as buprenorphine and often prescribed for heroin addiction, it has shown to be extremely difficult to stop taking. So much so that many believe it might be harder to quit than heroin itself. And according to the New York Times, “statistics show large increases of buprenorphine seizures by law enforcement, in reports to poison centers, in emergency room visits for the non-medical use of the drug, and in pediatric hospitalizations for accidental ingestions.” And it costs over $500 for a 30-day supply.

As long as people are continuing to seek addiction treatment, they are going to seek the very drugs promised to help their addiction. And when these drugs are controlled by companies that control everything else, it seems that little can be done to get addiction treatment into the mainstream that actually works. If people cease to be addicted it means Big Pharma ceases to take in billions of dollars each year.

Ibogaine has shown to be one of the best treatments for addition there has ever been. And because it works (and has no addictive effects whatsoever) just might be the reason we won’t see it break into the mainstream anytime soon. Not only does Big Pharma hold complete control here, but many of the medical groups devoted to addiction therapy have ties to Big Pharma themselves.

If someone actually overcomes their addiction, how would these giant corporations continue to make money? Until the system falls (or some extreme changes happen with the powers that be), patients seeking alternative treatments such as Ibogaine will have to take whatever measures possible to get the treatment they deserve. For now this means travelling to other countries where treatments like Ibogaine are not labelled “no acceptable medical benefit.”