Due to intense political pressure, Pfizer-- Big Pharma's giant-- has taken ads for Lipitor featuring Dr. Robert Jarvik off the air.
Lipitor,the cholesterol-lowering drug,is the world's best-selling medication, generating over $12 billion last year. Dr. Jarvik, inventor of the artificial heart, has been Lipitor's pitchman on TV since 2006. But the Democrats in the House of Representatives charged that Jarvik was an unacceptable spokesman for the drugbecause, though he has a medical degree, he is not licensed to practice medicine.
Democrat Bart Stupaksaid that "when consumers see and hear a doctor endorsing a medication, they expect the doctor is a credible individual with requisite knowledge of the drug." Democrats have demanded that Pfizer turn over all their records involving their contract with Dr. Jarvikas part of a "larger investigation" of celebrity spokesmen that Big Pharma uses. Pure intimidation here, folks!
Now, who do you suppose knows more about medicine? Dr. Jarvik? Or nitwit House Democratswho have no "requisite knowledge" of damn near anything? Besides, you don't just walk into a drugstore and say Dr. Jarvik sent you for Lipitor --your own doctor has to prescribe this stuff!
One reason health-care costs are so highis thatwholesale idiots like Bart Stupak and the rest of the Democrats insert themselves into every aspect of industries they are not the least bit competent to manage, run, or regulate... or,for that matter,even open their mouths about! Idiots!