Event Recap: Big Pharma Film and Discussion

On Monday, May 14 the Health Care team sponsored a showing of the BIG PHARMA: Market Failure documentary, followed by a panel discussion and a Q and A  session.  About 60 people attended and the event was filmed thanks to the Fort Collins Public Access Network.   The movie presented the problem of high drug prices in the US, how the public and businesses are impacted and the effects on our overall economy of the failure of natural supply and demand.  Some of the egregious practices of the pharmaceutical companies were exposed.  “Doctors receive a “commission” from drug companies for prescribing their product? How can that be? Since when is a “kick-back” a commission?” said one astounded attendee.

Following the film, Fred Garcia moderated comments from the three panelists:

  • Karyl Ting, MD,
  • Corey Carroll, M.D.
  • State Rep. Joann Ginal, Ph.D.

These panelists shared their reactions and comments on the film.  They then responded to audience questions.  Some solutions were suggested, including contacting our national and state representatives  about our concerns.  Canadian drugs were declared safe by our panel.  Senators Bennett and Gardner recently opposed a bill allowing US citizens to purchase Canadian drugs.

This event was co-sponsored by both the Health Care Team of the League of Women Voters & CO Foundation for Universal Health Care.

The Informed Citizens Book Club’s choice for June: An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back , which includes a section on Big Pharma, was recommended as a good follow up read and discussion. Join the discussion on June 13th  11:30am – 1:30pm  at Raff’s Restaurant in Windsor or 6:30-8:00 pm at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins.

By June Hyman-Cysmoski

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