The latest round of corporate fraud by big pharma includes vaccine bundling. I have to admit I needed to look it up to investigate because I had no idea what that was about or that it could even happen.
It all started when I went to the doctor the other day to get my yearly check-up. I scheduled my mammo, and had my yearly exam. I know that I am over due for a tetanus shot. You are supposed to have them every 10 years. So I requested of the physician to just get one and get it over with. She said sure… I think we can accommodate that just let me check if we have it in stock. She disappears and then returns with a slight look of concern and says that they don’t have just tetanus. It comes now with two other vaccines and they would like to give me all three. Tetanus/whooping cough/diptheria. I say I have already been vaccinated for those others and I would just like tetanus “can you order it for me”? She says let me check (clinic). She again returns with concern and says they can no longer get tetanus by itself… they can only get it in a bundle. How can that be I asked. That doesn’t make any sense. Well she says.. they are saying now that they want adults to be re-vaccinated with whooping cough and diptheria and that’s why it comes together. I am not the most savvy person in the world…but even I know that is a total load of bovine feces. So I politely declined and left. I called around to pharmacies that vaccinate and asked them. To my dismay I was told the same lie about why I cannot just be vaccinated for what I need. There is no way I am getting those other vaccinations they are totally unnecessary. The pharmacist I spoke with wasn’t even very nice about it…. she treated me like an idiot that was refusing to go along with the protocol. The worst thing though is… that she parroted the lie… and as a person of authority that people believe in, she propagated big pharma’s lie to further line her and their pockets. By now I am pretty angry. She told me that even if they could get it by itself that it would be very expensive compared to the combo. Tetanus shots have never been expensive before I told her, and people will always need them. So she checked and it turns out that her pharmacy could not even get tetanus by itself, she could only get it coupled with diptheria, but minus the whooping cough, and even that was nearly twice as much. So to get a shot I need and a shot I don’t need combined it would cost me $110.00, but if I give in and take the triple shot it would only be $66.00. Do you all see the problem here. Make no mistake about this.. the only reason (I believe) why they offer the combo without whooping cough is because of the high documentation of people who have had adverse reactions to it, otherwise I know they would be attempting to force you to get that one as well. In my family there have been adverse reactions to the whooping cough vaccine so there is no way I am going to take that one again.
I decided at this point to do a little research and lo and behold, I find out there is a lawsuit filed against two of the biggest pharmaceutical companies for doing this exact thing. This is how it works. Big pharma bundles the most common vaccines and offers them the medical doctors and clinics at a huge discount. Of course, everyone wants to save money, but at what cost? Not only that but they then go as far as saying if you accept our bundle and our discount you must sign a waiver saying you will not buy from any other company or we will take away your discount. Nevermind the fact that we are screwing over your patients and that we won’t supply you with some of the vaccines you need individually. Talk about cornering the market and forcing a monopoly. No wonder there is a lawsuit. But what makes me angry is that even many in the medical field have no idea what’s going on so they parrot the lies they are told and in turn people like me (many) believe it and take crap they don’t need all so the corporations can make more big wads of cash. Big pharma not only gets the medical community to resell their lie, but they make them unwitting accomplices in their fraud by driving the prices and making it too difficult for clinics and doctors to get the individual vaccines they need, and therefore forcing unwanted vaccines on their patients. I am so sick of this crap… I can’t even tell you. One of the cornerstones of our democracy is free enterprise but it was never intended to give anyone a monopoly. We have laws against any one company gaining a monopoly because we know when that happens people suffer.
As for me… I phoned and urgent care and I am going to have to go there to get a tetanus shot by itself, and get this it costs just $18.00. I will of course have to pay for the urgent care visit as well, but I was going to have to pay for my doctor visit anyway. If enough patients rise up and refuse the bundles eventually the tide will turn back. The problem is with too many believing the lie it could be a really long time before that happens. I have high hopes for the lawsuits. BUYER ALWAYS BEWARE!!!!