Although Big Tobacco is creating a product that is totally bad for us, while $600-billion pharmaceutical industry is selling hope, they tend to use the same tactics–especially when it comes to lies.

Doctors don’t like to admit it, but often they don’t have any idea whether the drug they’re prescribing will work or not because the drug companies keep this information secret.

The Economist quotes researcher Ben Goldacre as saying, "Medicine is broken (and) the people you should have been able to trust to fix [its] problems have failed you."
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The US now spends around $15 billion a year fighting illegal drugs that are often grown on foreign soil, while medicines that are produced right here in the US are killing people. No one knows exactly what share of medicines are fake, badly made, or stolen.

Bad drugs are a global problem, especailly in "third world" countries where officials can be bribed, health systems lax and consumers are desperate. But it can happen right here in the US too.

One recent example is the at least 12 deaths caused by deaths from a fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated epidural steroid injections distributed by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.
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Despite the name, the medicine cabinet is the WORST place to store drugs because of the high heat and humidity in a bathroom, both of which can damage prescriptions and over-the-counter meds. Pharmaceutical manufacturers recommend most of their products be stored at a controlled room temperature of 68 to 77 degrees.
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