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A Letter to Trump From Big Pharma That Protests Too Much
By Daily Bell Staff - February 08, 2017

US immigration order strikes against biotech  …  We the undersigned, founders and leaders of biotech companies, write to express our deep concern and opposition to the executive order signed by President Donald Trump on January 27, 2017, barring the entry of citizens from seven countries into the United States.  The United States is the world’s greatest developer of medicines and new inventions to ameliorate and cure intractable diseases, a status achieved through massive investment in private and public companies, academia and R&D. Most importantly, our success has been founded on the creativity and dedication of our most precious resource—our people. -Nature Biotechnology

The biotech (pharmaceutical) industry has written a letter to Donald Trump objecting to his banning of Muslims from seven countries in the Middle East.

The ban is not actually a ban but a closer look at Visa applications, and has already been overturned by the courts, though the President is appealing.

From our point of view, the letter is noteworthy because it is signed by a wide variety of pharmaceutical companies across the US. Many of these companies develop artificial products to take the place of natural ones, and these artificial products have side effects that are often dangerous.

Thus the letter is ironic because it shows how thoroughly the industry has been taken over by groups that attempt to substitute artificial efforts for natural ones.

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Many of our colleagues from abroad ultimately become Americans, all to the great benefit of the United States. Indeed, a study found that in 2014, 52% of the 69,000 biomedical researchers in the United States were foreign-born.  The biopharma industry originated in America and is dominated by American companies. US companies employ tenfold more people than European companies.

Over the past decade, a total of $98.4 billion was invested in US emerging therapeutic companies through venture capital, follow-on public offerings and initial public offerings. US companies spent over $138 billion on upfront payments for in-licensing assets or acquiring global R&D-stage emerging companies. Larger US biopharma companies spent $161.7 billion over the past ten years on market-stage acquisitions. 

The United States has led the world in medicine production for decades, not only because of its ability to finance drug discovery, but also because, more than any other country, the United States represents opportunity regardless of borders, gender, race, sexual orientation or political cast. This has enabled our industry to attract the best talent, wherever it is found. This aspect of our industry is a core reason the United States has built its unique strength in biopharmaceuticals.

To conflate a political issue with an industrial stance attempts to buttress the industry by supporting it in ways not directly related to the goods it produces. We are being asked to endorse the industry based not on its products but on the people it employs and the amount of money it raises.

The letter continues by calling the industry a “natural treasure” and then claims that Trump has compromised it.  Colleagues on visas, it writes, are fearful and “uncertain of their status.” Scientists are canceling trips to the US. While immigrants to the US  are reluctant to travel at all.

This is because of a “ban ”that includes seven countries which “global employees” interpret as much more general. These employees, we are told, believe the underlying message is that “America is no longer welcoming of any immigrants, whatsoever.”

They fear being discredited because of their religion and fear deportation as well. They now have deep concerns that the professional freedoms that have “created an American powerhouse of medicine” are going to be reduced or removed.

America is thus in danger of losing control of one of its most important business sectors and will suffer harm to smaller companies and startups and slow the fight against disease.

America must remain “the world’s greatest engine of innovation, as well as the beacon of liberty it has been for more than 200 years.”

For us the letter reads more like a PR statement than a factual declaration of something that has gone wrong. This is an industry based entirely on a constitutional clause that reaffirms people cannot patent plants. If people could patent plants, the industry wouldn’t even exist. Instead people would just go down to South America and claim plants giving rise to natural cures.

As it is now, there are plenty of pharmaceutical companies in South America, especially in the Amazon. And indeed they are looking for plants. But they take these plants home and attempt to mimic their healthful affects artificially.

They could simply replant them and resell them. But they wouldn’t make nearly so much money.

The industry is huge, it’s true. But it is based on a constitutional anomaly rather than a necessity. As a result, it is always on the lookout for ways to generate additional positive PR. The letter is one more way to do this.

It is not so much a warning to Trump as a declaration of its own aggrandizement as a “natural treasure.” One can easily distrust the basic thrust of the letter and even its reason for being.

Conclusion: The letter restates just how valuable the industry is to the United States. As such it “doth protest too much.”

 

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  • thefinancedude

    has anyone actually attempted any large scale natural medicine cures? we hear that meme from school – its cheaper…u mean its short term cost effective, OK – and all the negative corollary effects cost how much? the american sick care system is an oroborous that’s about to eat its own stomach…hope u didnt need that lunch b/c someone else needs it 🙂

    • Ephraiyim

      No, because big pharma controls the FDA and other regulatory agencies so any natural treatment or cure is labeled unproven and is greatly restricted.
      This while they continue to push annual flu shots and other vaccvines that have also never been proven to do what is claimed.
      A physician or business that attempts to use natural products to alievate pain or disease is branded medical heritic because they do not follow all the religious values of allopathic worship.

      • thefinancedude

        Doing research on ancient healing techniques – i was flabbergasted to learn Hippocrates, of the infamous oath, said food is medicine and all disease originates in the spine – well the funny thing is those are called chiropractors and most think they’re quacks, yet it appears they are the ancient healers/doctors!!!!

        ALSO – a D.O. behind their name instead of an M.D. seems the only way I’ve figured out how to have a real conversation about health with someone who understands allopathic is within the nature of mind/spirit…

        I self cured headaches using meditation after i discovered a psychosomatic source for the pain…90% of the pain is psychosomatic if there is no external trauma event/source…

    • Astromoney

      I used to go to a Chinese doctor in NYC. They and Indian doctors will read your multiple pulses with their fingers. $27.00 at the time, included the herbs. I introduced a lady friend to that doc and she took her mother. This Chinese doc says.”… OOOhhh, lady, You have no left ovary.” HE WAS RIGHT!~
      And WE have to pay $2500 for a MRI or CAT scan.

  • Praetor

    Why don’t we call them what they are, drug dealers, pill pushers. Their cure for diseases and ailments is to kill people. These scum could not give me any of their poison pills. What diseases have they cured in the 21st century? How many scientist are coming out of these war torn countries? These companies are global move to these so called banned countries if they are so inventive and innovating.

    The best thing that could be done, when it comes to the word ‘Ban’, ban those stinking drug commercials. That would be doing a great service to America.!!!!

    • Marten

      We won’t have a cure for diseases until we, first have a cure for “greed” Dr. Sachin Patel…..

  • Sol

    Hey – an article I actually agree with! Other than the downplaying of Trump’s EO, you’ve hit this one right on the head!

  • Bruce C.

    Again, I’m glad that the “mentally diseased” “liberals” are going all out. Now that so many more people are paying attention, the craziness is becoming more “understood” than ever.

    Basically, what we’re being told is that the highly educated/intelligent foreign-born actual and potential employees of the pharmaceutical industry are too stupid to understand what’s going on, and the national security motivations of the Trump administration.

    That doesn’t bode well for the industry, and may also explain why allopathic medicine is all they can come up with.

  • georgesilver

    LOL. The industry that gave us thalidomide.

  • rahrog

    Wouldn’t it be funny if the new DHHS head used the draconian power of the ACA to put natural remedies on par with drugs that big pharma peddles?

    • Maximiliano Plus Adrienne

      u get my vote!

  • Astromoney

    The ONLY CURE has been for Polio, and that played hob with the charities, doctors, hospitals etc etc that were dependent upon that disease. As a result, nobody has made that mistake again since!
    When they accidentally come up with a cure, how much of their R&D goes towards walking it back to “ameliorative maintenance?

    • Maximiliano Plus Adrienne

      ain t that the truth! bravo!

  • Astromoney

    The best book ever printed by the US Govt Printing Office is:
    A BAREFOOT (Chinese) DOCTOR’s MANUAL HEW, (NIH) 75-695 1974
    Totally Natural/Herbal How-To book. Totally amazing.

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