How Would You Feel If Your Doctor Were Bribed To Give You A Drug?

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Jon Rappoport
April 27, 2017

Hello, Novartis. The pharmaceutical giant has just been fined $50 million by the government of South Korea for bribing doctors to prescribe the company’s drugs.

FiercePharma reports: “Last year, prosecutors in the country [Korea] raided Novartis offices to gather documents and account books. South Korean officials later indicted a half-dozen Novartis execs, as well as more than a dozen doctors and five medical journal heads…The Korea Times says the criminal trial is now underway.”

A Novartis spokesperson called the crime “in violation of our policies and inconsistent with our culture…”

Really? There’s more.

FiercePharma continues: “Outside of Korea, Novartis faces separate bribery claims in Greece, where an official earlier this month said ‘thousands’ of people could be implicated.”

The company faced other allegations in Turkey, which it now considers ‘unsubstantiated,’ and paid $25 million to U.S. authorities last year to settle a bribery investigation in China.”

Sounds like bribery might be central to the culture of Novartis.

You walk into a doctor’s office. He makes a diagnosis and writes out a prescription for a drug. Unknown to you, he’s been paid off to tell you to take the drug.

In the case of Novartis, do law enforcement officials in Korea, Greece, Turkey, and China release the names of the bribed doctors and inform their patients of these crimes? If not, why not? The patients ought to know, and they ought to be able to sue the drug company.

Let’s take this whole business out on to a wider stage. Do you think doctors who take money from drug companies (e.g., for speaking fees and consulting) might be prone to altering their prescription habits? If so, consider this nugget from NPR (3/17/16): “Nationwide [in the US], nearly 9 in 10 cardiologists who wrote at least 1,000 prescriptions for Medicare patients received payments from a drug or device company in 2014, while 7 in 10 internists and family practitioners did.”

Then there is this bombshell from Business Insider (1/9/15)—wait for the punch line in the last sentence: “Companies pay doctors millions of dollars to promote not their most innovative or effective drugs, but some of their most unremarkable.”

“In the last five months of 2013, drug makers spent almost $20 million trying to convince physicians and teaching hospitals to give their freshly-patented drugs to patients, but many of them are near-copies of existing drugs that treat the same conditions.”

“A hefty portion are also available as generics, chemically identical copies that work just as well at a fraction of the price. And still others have serious side effects that only became apparent after they were approved by the FDA.”

Doctors paid by drug companies. Doctors prescribed those companies’ drugs. Some of those drugs have serious side effects.

Medicalbillingandcoding.org (5/25/11) follows the money. According to their analysis, between 2009 and 2011, these drug companies paid doctors the following amounts: Merck, $9.4 million; Johnson & Johnson, $10.6 million; Pfizer, $19.8 million; AstraZeneca, $22.8 million; GlaxoSmithKline, $96.4 million; and Eli Lilly, $144.1 million. For speaking fees, consulting fees, etc., and who knows what else? Does this cast an ominous cloud over the companies and their favorite doctors? Is the Pope Catholic?

Medicalbillingandcoding,org goes on to publish fines that have been levied against drug companies (2007-2010) for engaging in illegal activities with doctors. The fines are, of course, a drop in the bucket, considering the profits of these corporations:

Forest Laboratories, $313 million; Allergan, $600 million; AstraZeneca, $520 million; Cephalon, $425 million; Pfizer, $2.3 billion.

Paying a fine is having to say you’re sorry, and then you walk away.

The next time you talk with a doctor, you might apprise him of these matters, just to liven the conversation.

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The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

If Hillary becomes president, the country’s most corrupt plutocrats will simply ‘buy’ their way to the top of the FDA, EPA, USDA, CDC and other regulators

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Daniel Barker
May 2, 2016

Although the story has received scant attention in the mainstream media, a racketeering lawsuit has been filed against departing FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg – and among the charges listed in the complaint is the claim that she bribed both Hillary Clinton and President Obama to gain her appointment as head of the agency.

The lawsuit alleges that Hamburg, her hedge fund executive husband David Hamburg, and the FDA conspired to cover up the health dangers of the drug Levaquin – a drug that may have killed more than 5,000 people, and one which David Hamburg had a financial interest in, due to his position as a major shareholder of Johnson & Johnson stock, the company that manufactured Levaquin.

The Hamburgs failed to disclose the “clear-cut” conflict of interest regarding the hundreds of millions invested in Johnson & Johnson stock by David Hamburg’s hedge fund, Renaissance Technologies, L.L.C.

FDA commissioner bribed Hillary for nomination to the post, says lawsuit

Along with the racketeering charges, the lawsuit revealed that:

“Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg was nominated as a result of huge political and other gratuities to Hillary Clinton and The Clinton Foundation, and at Mrs. Clinton’s recommendation. …

“Defendant Hamburg, on behalf of all of the Defendants as part of this racketeering conspiracy, gave political contributions and gratuities to Hillary Clinton in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 to induce Mrs. Clinton to recommend and push for Defendant Hamburg to be nominated by President Obama.”

This revelation will come as no surprise to those already aware of Clinton’s track record as a “politician-for-hire” to anyone who coughs up enough cash in campaign fund contributions.

As Mike Adams, founder and editor of Natural News, and author of the new book Food Forensics wrote:

“From what we now know about the Clinton Foundation’s deep financial ties to Big Pharma and Wall Street hedge funds, none of this comes as any sort of surprise. In fact, while these allegations may have been easily dismissed as a ‘conspiracy theory’ in 2008, so much more awakening has happened among the American public that they are now likely to be understood as an ‘actual conspiracy’ being carried out among the political and financial elite who routinely conspire against the people in order to enrich themselves.”

Hillary’s long history of influence-peddling

If Hillary Clinton is elected president, we can expect to see a huge increase of influence-buying activity in Washington. Her record shows numerous examples of influence-peddling on her part, stretching back to her career in the U.S. Senate.

From The Washington Times:

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s efforts to provide favors to major donors to her husband’s global charity or her own political career stretch back far earlier than her tenure as America’s top diplomat, dating to the time she served as a U.S. senator and had the power to earmark federal funds and influence legislation, records show.

“For instance, Mrs. Clinton introduced a bill when she was New York’s junior senator that allowed a donor to the Clinton Foundation to use tax-exempt bonds to build a shopping center in Syracuse, New York, public records show.

“She also went to bat for Freddie Mac, working to defeat legislation that would have subjected the mortgage giant to tougher regulations before the housing bubble burst and led to a major recession. That same year, Freddie Mac donated $50,000 to $100,000 to her husband’s charity, originally called the William J. Clinton Foundation records show.”

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Her refusal to disclose the transcripts of paid speeches made to Goldman Sachs and other large banks, her acceptance of contributions from foreign nations, and her campaigning abroad on behalf of the fracking industry, are just a few examples of her shady dealings with powerful special interests.

Electing Hillary Clinton will be tantamount to painting a big “For Sale” sign on the doors of every federal agency in Washington.

Is that really what this nation wants or deserves?

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Big Pharma Spent $27 Billion Marketing to Doctors in 2012…Here’s More

Is your doctor being paid?

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By: Christina Sarich
January 14, 2016

“Drug companies are like high school boyfriends. They’re more interested in getting inside you than in being effective once they are there.” This is just one of the hilariously-accurate remarks made by John Oliver, who was a hopeful replacement for Jon Stewart on the Daily Show.

Oliver made his comments on HBOs Last Week Tonight, in a 17-minute long, scathingly honest diatribe about how the pharmaceutical industry bribes doctors to sell us drugs we don’t really need. [1]

Oliver doesn’t just capitulate to the masses with a few moments of comedic brevity, either. He also steers viewers to a website where they can look up doctors and see what kind of bribes they’ve been accepting from pharmaceutical companies.

The site launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) displays the Open Payments website, a database designed to publicly display the payments and other transfers of value pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers have made to physicians and teaching hospitals.

According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, more than $27 billion was spent on marketing to physicians by the pharmaceutical industry in the year 2012. You can do a search to find out if your doctor has been taking money from Big Pharma.

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