According to a report in today’s Dawn quacks are on the rise and ‘the main reason behind the failure of civil society in checking their activity and growth is non-availability of recognised medical professions in the localities dominated by low-income group. The people with insufficient income have no option but to consult quacks for their medical treatment’.

When the state abdicates its duty, the void is filled by all sorts of charlatans and the worst affected are almost always the poor. But the Dawn report went on to state:

‘Astonishingly, the owners of different pharmaceutical companies have been offering huge commissions, gratifications and gifts to the quacks to promote sales’.

The quacks are far too many to eradicate and won’t go away, but pharmaceutical companies are more visible and easier to punish. If the city can’t provide for the poor, the least it should do is go after those are who making their lives more miserable.

5 Comments so far

  1. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 9:59 am

    A good non-alcoholised post by Cy.A good change.Well done!

  2. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 9:59 am

    the pharmaceutical companies aint doing anything wrong by offering gifts and watever not to the ppl who are prescribing there drugs..
    technically all but in reality most of these drugs are tested and approved by some authorities, so yes they need to be more efficient in doing there job and make sure all the medication thats there in the market is legal and approved..
    every company has to have a marketing strategy to survive in the current time and this is how pharmaceutical companies work. They also take out doctors for lunches/dinners/conferences and i dont know wat else but then again its the doctors who decide which medicine they wanna prescribe..
    So its the doctors who should be checked/verified for there license and other legal formalities they should have =D

  3. Jamash (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

    Alcoholics are very common in Karachi, Alcoholism is one of the major problems of the city.. But Denial will make it go away.. No one Drinks In Karachi as Alcohol is banned, so there can’t be any alcoholics in our city…

    See It Works !!!

    On a more related Topic:
    I know many Quacks who are a risk to the lives of many innocent people, I wonder why our authorities don’t see this ?

    These Quacks are Cold blooded murders, Our law should treat them accordingly !.

  4. Daniel Haszard (unregistered) on August 11th, 2006 @ 11:02 pm

    Shame on big pharma too.

    I took zyprexa which was ineffective for my condition and gave me diabetes.

    Zyprexa, which is used for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, accounted for 32% of Eli Lilly’s $14.6 billion revenue last year.

    Zyprexa is the product name for Olanzapine,it is Lilly’s top selling drug.It was approved by the FDA in 1996 ,an ‘atypical’ antipsychotic a newer class of drugs without the motor side effects of the older Thorazine.Zyprexa has been linked to causing diabetes and pancreatitis.

    Did you know that Lilly made nearly $3 billion last year on diabetic meds, Actos,Humulin and Byetta?

    Yes! They sell a drug that can cause diabetes and then turn a profit on the drugs that treat the condition that they may have caused in the first place!

    I was prescribed Zyprexa from 1996 until 2000.

    In early 2000 i was shocked to have an A1C test result of 13.9 (normal is 4-6) I have no history of diabetes in my family.


    Daniel Haszard http://www.zyprexa-victims.com

  5. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on August 12th, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

    If only we had James Bond in our country with license to kill, seriosly we would have been a better nation =D

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