|Bribery, fraud, price fixing now a matter of public record
Monday, July 9, 2012
(NaturalNews) Those of us who have long been describing the pharmaceutical industry
as a "criminal racket" over the last few years have been wholly vindicated by recent news. Drug and vaccine manufacturer
Merck was caught red-handed by two of its own scientists faking vaccine efficacy data by spiking blood samples with animal
GlaxoSmithKline has just been fined a whopping $3 billion for bribing doctors,
lying to the FDA, hiding clinical trial data and fraudulent marketing. Pfizer, meanwhile has been sued by the nation's pharmacy
retailers for what is alleged as an "overarching anticompetitive scheme" to keep generic cholesterol drugs off the
market and thereby boost its own profits.
The picture that's emerging is one of a criminal drug industry that has turned
to mafia tactics in the absence of any real science that would prove their products to be safe or effective. The emergence
of this extraordinary evidence of bribery, scientific fraud, lying to regulators and monopolistic practices that harm consumers
is also making all those doctors and "skeptics" who defended Big Pharma and vaccines eat their words.
Big Pharma today is to defend a cabal of criminal corporations that have proven they will do anything - absolutely anything
- to keep their profits rolling in. It makes no difference who they have to bribe, what studies they have to falsify, or who
has to be threatened into silence. They will stop at nothing to expand their profit base, even if it means harming (or killing)
Let's take a look at recent revelations:
GlaxoSmithKline pleads guilty to bribery, fraud and
It what is now the largest criminal fraud settlement ever to come out of the pharmaceutical industry, GlaxoSmithKline
has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal fines and $2 billion in civil fines following a nine-year federal
investigation into its activities.
According to U.S. federal investigators, GlaxoSmithKline (http://www.naturalnews.com/036416_GlaxoSmithKline_fraud_criminal_char...):
• Routinely bribed doctors with luxury vacations and paid speaking gigs
• Fabricated drug safety data and
lied to the FDA
• Defrauded Medicare and Medicaid out of billions
• Deceived regulators about the effectiveness
of its drugs
• Relied on its deceptive practices to earn billions of dollars selling potentially dangerous drugs
to unsuspecting consumers and medical patients
And this is just the part they got caught doing. GSK doesn't even deny
any of this. The company simply paid the $3 billion fine, apologized to its customers, and continued conducting business as
By the way, in addition to bribing physicians, GSK has plenty of money to spread around bribing celebrities and
others who pimps its products. The company reportedly paid $275,000 to the celebrity doctor known as "Dr. Drew,"
who promoted Glaxo's mind-altering antidepressant drug Wellbutrin (http://naturalsociety.com/top-radio-doctor-paid-by-glaxosmithkline-to...).
As the Wall Street Journal reports:
In June 1999, popular radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky used the airwaves to extol
the virtues of GlaxoSmithKline PLC's antidepressant Wellbutrin, telling listeners he prescribes it and other medications to
depressed patients because it "may enhance or at least not suppress sexual arousal" as much as other antidepressants
do. But one thing listeners didn't know was that, two months before the program aired, Dr. Pinsky - who gained fame as "Dr.
Drew" during years co-hosting a popular radio sex-advice show "Loveline" - received the second of two payments
from Glaxo totaling $275,000 for "services for Wellbutrin."
Merck falsified vaccine data, spiked blood samples and more, say former employees
According to former Merck virologists
Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, the company: (http://www.naturalnews.com/036328_Merck_mumps_vaccine_False_Claims_Ac...)
• "Falsified test data to fabricate a vaccine efficacy rate of 95 percent or higher."
the blood test with animal antibodies in order to artificially inflate the appearance of immune system antibodies.
Pressured the two virologists to "participate in the fraud and subsequent cover-up."
• Used the falsified
trial results to swindle the U.S. government out of "hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide
• Intimidated the scientists, threatening them with going to jail unless they stayed
This is all documented in a 2010 False Claims Act which NaturalNews has acquired and posted here:
Millions of children put at risk by Merck
In that document the two virologists say they, "witnessed firsthand
the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine's efficacy findings."
They also claim that because of the faked vaccine results, "the United States has over the last decade paid Merck hundreds
of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization... The United States is by far the largest
financial victim of Merck's fraud."
They go on to point out that children are the real victims, however:
the ultimate victims here are the millions of children who every year are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not
providing them with an adequate level of protection. ...The failure in Merck's vaccine has allowed this disease to linger
with significant outbreaks continuing to occur."
Merck's mumps viral strain is 45 years old!
According to the
complaint, Merck has been using the same mumps strain - weakened from generations of being "passaged" - for the
last 45 years! The complaint reads:
"For more than thirty years, Merck has had an exclusive license from the FDA
to manufacture and sell a mumps vaccine in the U.S. The FDA first approved the vaccine in 1967. It was developed by Dr. Maurice
Hilleman, at Merck's West Point research facility, from the mumps virus that infected his five year-old daughter Jeryl Lynn.
Merck continues to use this ‘Jeryl Lynn' strain of the virus for its vaccine today."
A complete medical farce
This information appears to show Merck's mumps vaccine to be a complete medical farce. Those who blindly backed Merck's
vaccines - the science bloggers, "skeptics," doctors, CDC and even the FDA - have been shown to be utter fools who
have now destroyed their reputations by siding with an industry now known to be dominated by scientific fraud and unbounded
That's the really hilarious part in all this: After decades of doctors, scientists and government authorities
blindly and brainlessly repeating the mantra of "95% effectiveness," it all turns out to be total quackery hogwash.
Utterly fabricated. Quackety-quack quack. And all those hundreds of millions of Americans who lined up to be injected with
MMR vaccines were all repeatedly and utterly conned into potentially harming themselves while receiving no medical benefit.
Intelligent, informed NaturalNews readers, home school parents, and "awakened" people who said "No!"
to vaccines are now emerging as the victors in all this. By refusing to be injected with Merck's vaccines, they avoided being
assaulted with a fraudulent cocktail of adjuvant chemicals and all-but-useless mumps strains over four decades old. They protected
their time, money and health. Those who refuse to be physically violated by vaccines are, once again, turning out to be the
smartest people in society. No wonder they also tend to be healthier than the clueless fools who line up to get vaccinated
Merck fraudulently misrepresented the efficacy of its vaccine and contributed to the spread of infectious
disease, says lawsuit
The faked vaccine efficacy numbers aren't the only troubles Merck is now facing. Shortly after
the above False Claims Act was made public, Chatom Primary Care filed suit against Merck. That document is available from
It alleges that:
[Merck engaged in] ...a decade-long scheme to falsify and misrepresent the true efficacy of its vaccine.
fraudulently represented and continues to falsely represent in its labeling and elsewhere that its Mumps Vaccine has an efficacy
rate of 95 percent of higher.
• Merck knows and has taken affirmative steps to conceal - by using improper testing
techniques and falsifying test data - that its Mumps Vaccine is, and has been since at least 1999, far less than 95 percent
• Merck designed a testing methodology that evaluated its vaccine against a less virulent strain of the
mumps virus. After the results failed to yield Merck's desired efficacy, Merck abandoned the methodology and concealed the
• Merck also engaged in "incorporating the use of animal antibodies to artificially inflate
the results... destroying evidence of the falsified data and then lying to an FDA investigator... threatened a virologist
in Merck's vaccine division with jail if he reported the fraud to the FDA."
• "Merck designed a testing
methodology that evaluated its vaccine against a less virulent strain of the mumps virus. After the results failed to yield
Merck's desired efficacy, Merck abandoned the methodology and concealed the study's findings. [Then] Merck designed even more
scientifically flawed methodology, this time incorporating the use of animal antibodies to artificially inflate the results,
but it too failed to achieve Merck's fabricated efficacy rate. Confronted with two failed methodologies, Merck then falsified
the test data to guarantee the results it desired. Having achieved the desired, albeit falsified, efficacy threshold, Merck
submitted these fraudulent results to the FDA and European Medicines Agency."
• "Merck took steps to cover
up the tracks of its fraudulent testing by destroying evidence of the falsified data and then lying to an FDA investigator...
Merck also attempted to buy the silence and cooperation of its staff by offering them financial incentives to follow the direction
of Merck personnel overseeing the fraudulent testing process. Merck also threatened... Stephen Krahling, a virologist in Merck's
vaccine division from 1999 to 2001, with jail if he reported fraud to the FDA."
• "Merck continued to
conceal what it knew about the diminished efficacy of its Mumps Vaccine even after significant mumps outbreaks in 2006 and
Obama administration has zero interest in actual justice
Another interesting note in all this is that
under President Obama, the U.S. Dept. of Justice showed no interest whatsoever in investigating Merck over the False Claims
Act filed by two of its former virologists. Despite the convincing evidence of fraud described in detail by insider whistleblowers,
the Obama Department of Justice, led by gun-running Attorney General Eric Holder who is already facing serious questions over
Operation Fast and Furious, simply chose to ignore the False Claims Act complaint.
When evidence of criminal fraud was
brought before the U.S. Department of Justice, in other words, the DoJ looked the other way with a wink and a nod to the medical
crimes taking place right under their noses. Who cares if tens of millions of children are being injected year after year
with a fraudulent mumps vaccine? There's money to be made, after all, and exploiting the bodies of little children for profit
is just business as usual in a fascist nation dominated by corporate interests.
Pfizer sued by retailers over anticompetitive
Adding to all this, Pfizer has now been sued by five U.S. retailers (pharmacies) who accuse the company of monopolistic
market practices. According to the lawsuit, Pfizer conspired to prevent generic versions of its blockbuster cholesterol drug
Lipitor from entering the market. This was done to protect billions in profits while making sure patients did not have access
to more affordable cholesterol drugs. Pfizer sells nearly $10 billion worth of Lipitor each year.
According to the Reuters
report on this lawsuit, Pfizer is being accused of (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/05/us-pfizer-walgreen-lipitor-...):
• Obtaining a fraudulent patent
• Engaging in sham litigation
• Entering a price-fixing agreement
to delay cheaper generics
• Entering arrangements with pharmacy benefit managers to force retailers to buy more
Lipitor (chemical name is atorvastatin calcium)
No arrests or prosecution of Big Pharma executives
One of the most
astonishing realizations in all this is that given all the criminal fraud, bribery, misrepresentation, lying to the FDA, price
fixing and other crimes that are going on in the pharmaceutical industry, you'd think somebody somewhere might be arrested
and charged with a crime, right?
To date, not a single pharmaceutical CEO, marketing employee or drug rep
has been charged with anything related to all this fraud. In America, drug company employees are "above the law"
just like top mafia bosses of a bygone era.
How insane is this, exactly? Consider this:
Imagine if YOU, an individual,
went around town bribing doctors, falsifying data, selling a fraudulent product to the government, lying to regulators, engaging
in anti-trade price-fixing and threatening your employees into silence. What would happen to you?
You'd probably wind
up rotting in prison, the subject of an FBI investigation and a DoJ prosecution.
So why is it okay for a multi-billion-dollar
corporation to carry out these same crimes and get away with it? Why are the CEOs of top drug companies given a free pass
to commit felony crimes and endless fraud?
I'll tell you why, and you're not gonna like the answer: Because America has
become a nation run by crooks for the benefit of crooks. It's one big country club, and as comedian George Carlin used to
say, "YOU ain't in it!"
If Big Pharma would falsify data on vaccines, what else would the industry do?
hope you're getting the bigger picture in all this, friends. If these drug companies routinely bribe doctors, falsify data,
defraud the government and commit felony crimes without remorse, what else would they be willing to do for profit?
• Falsify efficacy data on other prescription drugs?
• Exploit children for deadly vaccine trials?
• Invent fictitious diseases to sell more drugs?
• Unleash bioweapons to cause a profitable pandemic?
• Conspire with the CDC to spread fear to promote vaccinations?
• Silence whistleblowers who try to go public
with the truth?
• Give people cancer via stealth viruses in vaccines?
• Destroy the careers of medical
scientists who question Big Pharma?
• Force a medical monopoly on the entire U.S. population via socialist health
But of course they would. In fact, the industry is doing all those things right now. And if you don't
believe me, just remember that five years ago, no one believed me when I said drug companies were engaged in criminal conspiracies
to defraud the nation - something that has now been proven over a nine-year investigation.