Remember when doctors were chastised for accepting a pen worth pennies from a pharmaceutical company due to the pharmaceutical industry's pervasive marketing techniques that swayed the prescribing practices of millions of doctors?
We should have known better: all that covert marketing influence created by all those pens. No doubt thanks to that former practice we were single-handedly raising health care costs for Americans every time we looked at our pop-up Viagra pens. Man were we dogs!
Dirty. Rotten. Scoundrels. All.
So thank GOODNESS that the FDA can raise the fees it extracts from those same drug companies for their purposes! Certainly there would never be any influence on members of the FDA, especially since the negotiations between the FDA and the pharmaceutical lobbying organization were "relatively smooth." Let's see: A 6% increase to the 62% of the $930 million the FDA spends annually to review new pharmaceutical applications?
Around here, we call this "The Chicago Way:"
They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way."Influence? What influence? I'm not seein' no stinkin' influence of these payments to our government officials! No way!
–Jim Malone, "The Untouchables"
It's just a little money for a few pens.