MEET THE AUTHOR
Dr. Robert E. Marx
I have been a practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeon dedicated to tumor and reconstructive surgery as well as cancer and bone research for the past 33 years. As a professor of surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, I have witnessed most and participated in some of the great studies in medical/surgical care that give us all a better chance for cure while avoiding disability and deformity when faced with a terrifying disease. I hope I and my unit have contributed to these advances with our own introduction of advanced diagnoses and surgical techniques along with our research into growth factors, wound healing enhancers and now stem cells.
As a researcher, I have always found it rewarding and enlightening to look at life at the cellular level. Just as the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s taught the medical and dental professions much about our immune cells and how our immune system works, the bisphosphonate-induced osteonecrosis epidemic of the past decade has taught these same professions much about how bone cells “turn over,” “cross talk” and, of especial interest to me, how drugs negatively affect the cellular dynamics of normal tissue. Among the countless studies I have conducted most comprise an unbiased type of science that the drug companies wish would go away.
I must tell you that I am dismayed at the corruption and cover ups I have witnessed within our pharmaceutical industry today and especially how they influence our medical and dental societies as well as individual researchers with corporate financial support and strings attached research grants. One only needs to look at the infamous Vioxx scandal and historically look at the thalidomide and phen-fen tragedies to underscore this concern.
The public is supposed to be reassured that the medications we take today are safe and reliable because they are FDA approved. Yet the underfunded and understaffed FDA only judges what the drug companies present to them. Such an unwarranted reliance on the drug companies seeking to make billions on what they refer to as a “block buster” drug is the first part of the problem. I have found that what the pharmaceutical industry presents to the often contains FDA research flaws, erroneous data and manipulated statistics the details of which I hope to relate in upcoming blogs. Suffice it say that you can now see the inspiration for the fictional account of big pharma doing all they can to cover up their mistakes and their own greed in my book “Deadly Prescription”.
I also hope you will understand why me and many of my colleagues demand transparency from the big pharmaceutical prescription drug behemoth we have today. I have seen far too much preventable suffering caused by greedy and arrogant drug company executives and an apathetic bureaucracy. Big Pharma and the FDA will figure prominently in my upcoming book. The hope for the future is that, with the concerted efforts from scientists of moral conscience and integrity as well as the power of the general public, almost all these problems are fixable.
We all desire reliance on the medications we take with full knowledge of not only their side effects but the seriousness of these side effects. That’s why I’ll keep writing, and I’ll promise you one thing: The pharmaceuticals giants have heard and will continue to hear the message.