Big Pharma Stealing Nature. Natural Substances Turned into Pharmaceuticals Sold for Massive Profit

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It’s for medicinal purposes man

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Imagine a world where all the vitamins, minerals, herbs, extracts, compounds, powders, and probiotics that are so freely available at any health food store and at many grocery stores or that we can grow from seed in our gardens or containers on a balcony were suddenly made into the private property of Pharmaceutical Corporations. This would mean that legally they were made into pharmaceutical drugs which could only be sold by licenced vendors.

Such a world might seem like some kind of nightmare scenario from the future, but it is exactly the type of world that Big Pharma is slowly trying to create today as it quietly goes about obtaining patents on all sorts of natural substances that have recently been banned by national and international regulators under a range of ridiculous justifications.’

In 2000 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which sets the standard for other regulatory authorities around the world received a New Drug Application (NDA) for sodium oxybate. The Application was immediately granted “Priority Review” status for the substance.

Meanwhile Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), was banned in the U.S. by an act of Congress back in 2000 because the compound had been used by some criminals to commit date rape. Prior to its prohibition, GHB, which is an all-natural substance found in the human nervous system, had been safely used as a sedative. Like marijuana, GHB was eventually recategorized by federal authorities as an illegal drug for the alleged reason that it could in certain circumstances be abused (along with every other substance in existence, by the way).

In 2002, sodium oxybate received official approval from the FDA as a treatment for cataplexy in patients with narcolepsy, and the substance was later acquired by Jazz Pharmaceuticals and rebranded as Xyrem when it purchased Orphan Medical in 2005. As you may recall, Jazz Pharmaceuticals was recently convicted in federal court for marketing Xyrem for off-label uses (http://www.jdsupra.com).

But the interesting thing to note here is that Xyrem is nothing more than repackaged GHB, an all-natural substance that used to be available from multiple manufacturers without a prescription. Today, however, it is sold by only one online pharmacy for the hefty price of $1,750 per prescription, which just so happens to be covered by insurance, according to Dr. Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. — all-natural GHB, of course, was never covered by insurance prior to being patented.

Pyridoxamine, a naturally-occurring form of vitamin B6 was declared an illegal drug by the FDA back in 2009 which means diet supplement manufacturers can no longer use the vitamin in their formulas (http://www.naturalnews.com/025606.html).

The corporation known as the “United States of America” also possesses a patent, which was obtained back in 2003, for the cannabinoids found in the all-natural marijuana plant which are known to help Multiple Sclerosis sufferers. U.S. Patent 6630507, entitled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants,” grants exclusive intellectual property rights for cannabis to the federal government and its drug industry allies, which are working overtime to develop patented, marijuana-based drugs for the treatment of all sorts of diseases (Cannaboids and MS).

“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism,” explains the patent in unabashed hypocrisy. “This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of a wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases,” it adds, proving that federal marijuana prohibition serves private rather than public interests.

It’s not the first time the FDA has declared a natural molecule to be a “drug” for the purpose of banning its use in nutritional supplements while almost simultaneously approving it as a controlled pharmaceutical drug only available (at many times the cost) on medical prescription. Exactly the same process was followed when red yeast rice and the lovastatin molecules it contains were found to reduce high cholesterol. The drug companies engaged in another bout of biopiracy, ripping off the molecule from red yeast rice to make their now-famous “statin drugs” the arse dribble drugs that the UK Labour government wanted to mandate by law that all people over the age of fifty must take. Once the statin drugs had been patented and approved, Big Pharma and their lackeys in government went after red yeast rice, claiming the supplement was “adulterated with pharmaceuticals.”

It wasn’t really adulterated, of course. It just contained a natural molecule that the drug companies copied and patented and sold at a hundred times the price the natural stuff had cost before it was banned.

These are just three examples. It would be easy to fill a book by listing all the examples of nature being patented and sold as products to treat cardio – vascular disease, respiratory problems, depression, stomach and digestive problems and almost any other health issue you can name.

Traditional healers have been using these things for thousands of years. They rightfully belong to us, the people, not to the profiteering fascists of Big Pharma.

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