I’ve given you DOZENS OF REASONS
you cannot trust the Pharmaceutical Industry any farther than you could throw them. A perpetual offender of the public trust is GSK (GlaxoSmithKline). If you remember correctly, it was GSK who beat out Pfizer for the largest fine ever handed down by our government (HERE
) — three billion dollars. Then last year they were busted in China for bribing Chinese officials to promote their drugs. On July 13th of last year, CNN ran a story on their website (GlaxoSmithKline’s China Network Caught in Massive Bribery Scandal
) that said, “An investigation by Chinese authorities into the activities of GlaxoSmithKline has allegedly turned up a bribery network that involves government officials, doctors, hospitals and at least 700 travel agencies
“. The scandal was said to be at minimum in the half billion dollar range. It seems that GSK did not learn their lesson (or maybe they did).
Just yesterday, Reuters News Service reported that the same thing is allegedly going on in Iraq. “The latest controversy centers on claims that the company hired government-employed physicians and pharmacists in Iraq as paid sales representatives to improperly boost use of its products.” Should we be surprised? Heck no! For “Big Pharma” this is just another day in the life — a speed bump on the way to the next huge payday. It’s always been more about profits than people, and this issue is getting worse not better.