There was a release late last year of the PRECISION trials. These trials were part of a massive study on the danger of the good ol' household favorite ibuprofen. They were just evaluating the safety of NSAIDS. Those are drugs all Americans take over the counter for a myriad of aches and pains. Some, like Advil, are even candy coated.
Unfortunately, looks like they do cause problems and that an aggressive handling of them would take them off the market. Slight little elevated risks for a variety of things like heart attack, kidney problems, etc, but for the elderly the heart attack risk jumped by 40% in the short term. Drudge linked to this months ago due to some of the in the weeds bits in the study.
This works to Big Pharma's advantage. Do not think this would hurt them. This actually creates a new market for a new product for them. This is a generic over the counter so no monopoly protection. This is a cheap medication that only allows for product differentiation if it is candy coated (Advil). There is no loss for the Big Pharma firms if this is taken off the market or made prescription for patients over age 50.
There is a huge potential payout for Big Pharma. The grand opportunity that is dangling out there now for Big Pharma is tweaking the formula and releasing a new form with a *patent* that will be safe for the elderly who are covered under Medicare. Demand for anti-inflammatory meds is going to be there whether NSAIDS are available or not.
Say they tweak the formula to be a milder dose or a more targeted. Higher dose for a more limited time for sharp pains. This would require a scrip for older patients, but how many old people have aches, pains and arthritis? They just had their old ibuprofen taken away. How much will they clamor for a new drug? One that is approved by the FDA and covered under Medicare's prescription drug program.
Big Pharma then builds a new economic moat with government money paying for a drug that used to be generic and bought without a scrip at a low low price. This is rent seeking. The companies have cover for a government and research approved means of safely healing the elderly while also charging them significantly more for the good ol' NSAIDS they were used to in slightly different delivery.
The Left loves Big Pharma not just because they can use medical justification for their politics. Big Pharma acts as a fantastic disruptor for the intergenerational wealth transfer of those that do manage to save any money into old age. There is no limit on the extra, painful days the people that will receive your wealth will promise to you.