DRUGS, DEVICES AND DOCTORS...
A NEW YORK TIMES COLUMNIST GOT IT RIGHT!
The real story behind the crisis at Merck, the Cleveland Clinic, and the medical industrial complex as a whole "is bigger than either the company or the clinic. It's the story of how growing conflicts of interest may be distorting both medical research and health care in general."
"The economic logic of the medical-industrial complex is straightforward. Prescription drugs and high-technology medical devices account for a growing share of medical spending. Both are products that are expensive to develop but relatively cheap to make. So the profit from each additional unit sold is large, giving their makers a strong incentive to do whatever it takes to persuade doctors and hospitals to choose their products."