The notorious pharmaceutical company Pfizer has been caught yet again in criminal activity by mis-representing, lying and fraudulently marketing their newest pain killer. After the company pleaded guilty to charges of fraud the FBI stepped in and determined that the company is too big to take down. Once again the Federal Government has shown that it has no problem with companies such as Pfizer lying to its customers and to doctors in order to turn a profit even though their drugs kill many people per year.
As reported by CNN:
“But when it came to prosecuting Pfizer for its fraudulent marketing, the pharmaceutical giant had a trump card: Just as the giant banks on Wall Street were deemed too big to fail, Pfizer was considered too big to nail.
Why? Because any company convicted of a major health care fraud is automatically excluded from Medicare and Medicaid. Convicting Pfizer on Bextra would prevent the company from billing federal health programs for any of its products. It would be a corporate death sentence.”
These charges come after years of allegations that Pfizer offers kickbacks and bribes in order to get doctors to prescribe their medication even in cases when their product is not the best medication for the patient.
Below is an excerpt from a website post by a former Pfizer representative:
I am a former Pharmaceutical representative for PFIZER. Worked for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals over 5 years. If I had to write about all of Pfizers ABUSES it would take days. Just one of many: Doctors get kickacks(PAYMENTS) for writing a certain amount of prescriptions for Pfizers newer more EXPENSIVE drugs. Often these drugs are NOT the best ones for the patient. Pfizer (bribes) Doctors with everything from paid vacations to 5 star resorts etc.(you name it they do it)even cash payments. A Pharmaceutical representatives ONLY job is to LIE to a doctor. Plain and simple. The more prescriptions the doctor writes the more commissions I used to make. I finally quit the job. Being a prostitute for the drug industry was not for me. Please note this is only ONE of MANY abuses by PFIZER.(other drug companies are equally guilty).
Pfizer also works on PREVENTING safer and proven treatments used throughout Europe, Canada, Australia etc. from reaching the US. SOMETING MUST BE DONE about the Pharmaceutical companies NOW! A good start would be to BAN their commercials on television. And if you believe they are searching for cures, well I have a bridge to sell you. Lastly do not waste your time calling or contacting (whether you are a doctor or patient) Pfizer, they are trained to lie, plain and simple. Again this is just ONE of MANY abuses. PFIZER IS CRIMINAL IN EVERY WAY!!!
Even more shocking is this story from 2007 in which Pfizer was caught manufacturing an AIDS like virus:
In what is being hailed as a major victory for workers in the biotech and nanotech fields, a former scientist with pharmaceutical firm Pfizer has been awarded $1.37 million for being fired after raising the alarm over researchers being infected with a genetically engineered “AIDS-like” virus.
Becky McClain, a molecular biologist from Deep River, Connecticut, filed a lawsuit against Pfizer in 2007, claiming she had been wrongly terminated for complaining about faulty safety equipment that allowed a “dangerous lentivirus” to infect her and some of her colleagues.
The Hartford Courant describes the virus as “similar to the one that can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS.” Health experts testified that the virus has affected the way McClain’s body processes potassium, which they say causes McClain to suffer complete paralysis as often as a dozen times per month, the Courant reports.
Pfizer admits to faking research studies:
It’s being called the largest research fraud in medical history. Dr. Scott Reuben, a former member of Pfizer’s speakers’ bureau, has agreed to plead guilty to faking dozens of research studies that were published in medical journals.
Now being reported across the mainstream media is the fact that Dr. Reuben accepted a $75,000 grant from Pfizer to study Celebrex in 2005. His research, which was published in a medical journal, has since been quoted by hundreds of other doctors and researchers as “proof” that Celebrex helped reduce pain during post-surgical recovery. There’s only one problem with all this: No patients were ever enrolled in the study!
Dr. Scott Reuben, it turns out, faked the entire study and got it published anyway.
It wasn’t the first study faked by Dr. Reuben: He also faked study data on Bextra and Vioxx drugs, reports the Wall Street Journal.
As a result of Dr. Reuben’s faked studies, the peer-reviewed medical journal Anesthesia & Analgesia was forced to retract 10 “scientific” papers authored by Reuben. The Day of London reports that 21 articles written by Dr. Reuben that appear in medical journals have apparently been fabricated, too, and must be retracted.
After being caught fabricating research for Big Pharma, Dr. Reuben has reportedly signed a plea agreement that will require him to return $420,000 that he received from drug companies. He also faces up to a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
It’s more than clear that Pfizer is not held accountable for their numerous criminal actions over the years. Make sure you do your research before taking any drugs manufactured by Big Pharma.