The Pharmaceutical Industry in Contemporary Capitalism Joel Lexchin DOI: https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-069-10-2018-03_3 Keywords: Health, Political Economy, Inequality Abstract The pharmaceutical industry has been enormously profitable for many decades. The myth is that these windfalls are warranted by the therapeutic advances made by pharmaceutical companies—but the reality is far different.Click here to purchase a PDF version of this article at the Monthly Review website. Requires Subscription or Fee PDF (USD 3) HTML Published 2018-03-03 Issue Vol. 69, No. 10: March 2018 Section Articles Please see here for reprint requests.