GlaxoSmithKline’s Drug Money

I found this article about one of big-pharma’s (many) crimes on an American investing website.

here’s a choice quote,

“In a recent article in The New York Times, global pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) demonstrated that in its quests for profits it would have no problem at all being complicit in the deaths of its customers…”

Big-Pharma exists to make profit for it’s shareholders. It has demonstrated again & again that it is prepared to lie, cheat, blackmail, murder….whatever it takes to keep the bucks rolling in. This isn’t a benevolent ‘partner’ that’s “committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer”, it is a psychopathic organisation without morals or remorse that has shown itself quite happy to kill patients for profit.

I quote again from the article,

“GSK was pushing a product, in this case a treatment for Type II diabetes called Avandia, it knew was very risky for its patients while never disclosing material information to those using it. Even worse, GSK used its size to intimidate dissenting views and strike deals that prevented this data from reaching the public over the course of years. As a result, Avandia was linked to over 300 deaths (in the US) in the third quarter of 2009 alone.”

Will the people involved in this face prison? Will the company be excluded from any government contracts? Will it’s published research material be regarded as suspect by medical journals? No, of course not. Big-pharma’s overly-cosy relationship with the regulatory bodies supposedly protecting the public will ensure that it is business as usual.

Meanwhile the ‘quality’ press will continue their attacks on anything deemed to be a possible threat to big-pharma (homeopathy, Chinese medicine, herbalism). Such is life.


One Response to GlaxoSmithKline’s Drug Money

  1. kevin morris February 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    ‘It don’t take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows’. So said Bob Dylan getting on for half a century ago and if that was true of an age that saw a US president, a presidential hopeful and a great civil rights leader assassinated, nowadays we don’t even need that trusty old pine cone anymore since it is blatantly obvious what is going on.

    That Glaxo Smith Kline resorts to lying about its own research, that it resorts to subverting the independence of scientists, that it has a cosy relationship with the FDA should surprise no-one who reads your blog. That it and other drug companies have cosy relationships with governments, and with academics is accepted by many of us. That they have largely subverted the independence of the medical profession here in the UK and in many other countries is no surprise. That anything like a level playing field in medicine has been skewed out of all recognition by companies such as Glaxo Smith Kline is clear to anyone who has half an eye for what has been going on in the world for decades now.

    At a time when in the US, medically caused disease is the third largest killer after heart disease and cancer; when increasing numbers of people are restive at what these mega companies are offering the public by way of treatments, the Science and technology Committee at the House of Commons chooses to subject homoeopathy to an inquisition on a par with those that occurred in Spain from the fifteenth century onwards. It forced homoeopathy to fit a model of effectiveness that it couldn’t measure up to because that isn’t the way homoeopathy works. Everyone who shouts, ‘But I got better through homoeopathy.’ is told but this isn’t evidence at all- it’s merely anecdote. Surprise, surprise, the good committee announces to the world that there is no evidence for the effectiveness of homoeopathy.

    No it don’t take a weatherman…

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