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Bill Maher Rants against the Big Pharma. North America makes up 5% of the world’s population yet consumes 47% of the drugs and Canada & the US Health systems are ranked 30th & 37th. In the U.S. prescriptions have increased over the past decade to 3.4 billion annually, a 61 percent increase. Retail sales of prescription drugs jumped 250 percent from $72 billion to $250 billion, Maher is correct in that we have to focus on being healthier through, diet, exercise & taking care of ourselves preventatively. As it currently sits we are certainly making Pfizer, Glaxo Smith Kline, & Merck very wealthy but we certainly are not any healthier!