“Pharmaceutical companies wooed academic leaders, ghostwrote articles, suppressed damaging health data and lavished doctors with gifts to make prescribing powerful psychotropic drugs to children a blockbuster profit center, a trail of lawsuits over the past two decades shows,” according to The Denver Post.
Since 2008, pharmaceutical companies have agreed to pay more than $13 billion to resolve U.S. Department of Justice allegations of fraudulent marketing practices. Among the cases:
• Eli Lilly distributed videotapes to doctors titled “The Myth of Diabetes” when marketing its antipsychotic Zyprexa, despite being aware of studies showing those taking the drug had a higher rate of diabetes, government investigators say. The government accused the company of pressing doctors to prescribe Zyprexa to children and collected a $1.4 billion fine.
• Pfizer, which paid a $2.3 billion fine to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit, hired 250 child psychiatrists to help market its antipsychotic Geodon despite there being no approved pediatric use for the drug from the FDA. As part of the settlement, Pfizer denied any wrongdoing.
• AstraZeneca paid a fine of $520 million to resolve allegations that it promoted the antipsychotic Seroquel to treat aggression, sleeplessness, anxiety and depression when the FDA had approved the drug only to treat schizophrenia and, later, bipolar mania. Government investigators said the company targeted child physicians.
• Johnson & Johnson targeted what it called key opinion leaders to help promote the use of anti-psychotic Risperdal in children, the government alleged in another lawsuit that resulted in a $2.2 billion fine to resolve criminal and civil allegations.
Read the full Denver Post article here. It is an excellent piece and mentions GlaxoSmithKline whistleblower, Greg Thorpe.
Pharmaceutical companies truly are the lowest of the low
Meanwhile, on the 2nd of September, GlaxoSmithKline released 45 litres of concentrated live polio virus solution into the water in Belgium. Oh, a round of applause for you, GSK. Well done! Such care and attention shown! Original press release here.
What else could we expect from GSK? It seems that they don’t have the regard for human life that they should.
Back in 2012, the Buenos Aires Herald reported that GlaxoSmithKline Argentina Laboratories Company was fined 400,000 pesos after 14 babies died in illegal vaccine trials. To put that fine in perspective, at this present time, one Australian dollar will buy 7.51 Argentine pesos. In other words, a 400,000 peso fine for 14 lives is nothing! A slap on the wrist, and then it’s business as usual for these apparent low lives. As far as I’m concerned, they are the scum of the earth. There’s little to convince me otherwise.
So let me get this straight. They killed babies in a trial in an attempt to create a product that will go on to injure more people. Brilliant.