The commisioner of the FDA, Dr. Robert Califf, was a paid consultant for several drug companies. An “industry insider” leads to more rubber stamps on skyrocketing drug cost and inappropriate drug approval.
Every year, more than 253 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled in the United States, making them the second most prescribed drug in the US (cholesterol-lowering drugs are the most prescribed). Exercise actually outperforms antidepressants.
Coca-Cola is the only U.S. corporation that has been granted the right to legally import coca leaves into the United States, via a coca processing lab known as the Stepan Company. Approximately 100 metric tons of Coca leaves each year.