If your friends and family are still popping pharma drugs, here's a link to send them: http://projects.propublica.org/graphics/bigpharma
Quoting the author, Lena Groeger: In the last few years pharmaceutical companies have agreed to pay over $13 billion to resolve U.S. Department of Justice allegations of fraudulent marketing practices, including the promotion of medicines for uses that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Here are summaries of some recent large settlements.
A billion is "a thousand million." One million times a thousand. That's a lot of money. That these companies can pay these amounts at all gives an indication of what kinds of profits they are making.
Pfizer Sept 2009 $2.3 billion
Merck Nov 2011 $950 million
GlaxoSmithKline July 2012 $3 billion
Sanofi-Aventis Dec 2012 $109 million
Johnson & Johnson Nov 2013 $2.2 billion
Eli Lilly Jan 2009 $1.42 billion
AstraZeneca April 2010 $520 million
Abbott May 2012 $1.5 billion
Boehringer Ingelheim Oct 2012 $95 million
Endo Feb 2014 $192.7 million