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    Big Pharma controls health departments

    Earlier this month a video of Bernadette Pajer, of Informed Choice Washington, talking before the Washington State Board of Health, was published: https://youtu.be/6nAJI2EYL-8


    Pajer said some interesting things on the collaboration between big pharma and health departments:
    a network of government and drug industry entanglements so complex and so richly funded, they form a pervasive tightly woven fabric consisting of literally thousands of groups all working together toward one thing: increasing vaccination uptake, and that fabric includes those working in public health at the DOH.
    They partner on projects, review each other’s communications, and hold annual meetings; most of it paid for by the pharmaceutical companies.

    For a couple of days the website of Informed Choice Washington couldn’t be reached; I got the Error message: “Sucuri website firewall - not configured”: https://informedchoicewa.com/educati...ard-of-health/

    Since 1999, the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM), has been collaborating with the pharmaceutical industry to get as many people poisoned with vaccines as they can.
    The following AIMs Memo of Understanding (2002) shows a policy of working together and information sharing between health departments and Big Pharma lobbyists:
    It is understood that all communication will be open, frank, and honest. Further, while there are many common goals, there may be times when disagreement is unavoidable; however, this too will be respected and communicated.
    (…) In order to achieve a balance between the business objectives of the PRs [Pharmaceutical companies Representatives] and the public health objectives of the HDs [Health Departments], both parties will carefully and accurately represent the other’s position when communicating with local medical providers.
    (…) Health departments will accommodate and allow for information sharing between their programs and the PRs. Such sharing may be through individual meetings, educational seminars, or electronic communication (e.g., telephone, email). All PRs will be treated equally in this regard.
    (…)
    When feasible and before information regarding a specific brand of vaccine is communicated to the VFC provider community by the HD, the HD will allow the PR that manufactures or distributes that vaccine to review the communication for accuracy.

    The Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) will attempt to convene an annual meeting with representatives of the pharmaceutical companies to share concerns and provide feedback on issues of mutual importance to both parties.
    https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.immunizati...p_programs.pdf

    Every single immunisation program head in every state has a mission to silence the “risks and limitations of vaccines”.
    AIM is (financially) supported by Pfizer, Sanofi Pasteur, Merck, GSK, Dynavax, AstraZeneca, and Seqirus: https://www.immunizationmanagers.org...llianceMembers


    Here’s another coalition that involves AIM and various pharmaceutical companies: https://www.adultvaccinesnow.org/about/


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    In 2010, our wonderful media scared us all for the coming “swine flu outbreak”…
    Britain quickly created the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) to advise Ministers on how to handle the “swine flu outbreak”.

    Eleven of the 20 members on the SAGE swine flu taskforce had ties to drug companies.
    Members had interests in vaccine manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Baxter and Roche (that makes Tamiflu) that made up to £1.5billion from Government swine flu contracts.

    Maybe the biggest earners on SAGE is “Professor Sir” Roy Anderson; a director of GSK which also makes Relenza (the Tamiflu alternative for pregnant women): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...rug-firms.html


    On the WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (also SAGE?), are also various members with ties to big pharma.

    Maybe the most interesting member is, key advisor to WHO on influenza, “Professor” Albert Osterhaus from the Netherlands, who made quite a name for himself in promoting the SARS and Avian Flu hysteria several years ago.
    Osterhaus received some bad press after it was found out that he has ties to the pharmaceutical industry. He received money from GSK, Baxter, Crucell, Novartis, Hoffman-La Roche, MedImmune, Nobilon, Sanofi Pasteur, MSD, and Solvay.

    Other WHO “researchers” with financial ties to Big Pharma:
    Professor Juhani Eskola, Finland: his research laboratory, THL, a WHO research centre, got 6.3 million Euros (about $9 million) from GSK in 2009.

    Dr. Peter Figueroa, Jamaica: received money from Merck.
    Dr. Neil Ferguson: received funding from GSK, Baxter, and Roche.
    Professor Malik Peiris, Hong Kong: received money from GSK, Baxter and Sanofi Pasteur.

    Dr. Arnold Monto: advisor to GSK, Chiron, MedImmune, Roche, Novartis, Baxter and Sanofi Pasteur.
    Dr. Friedrich Hayden: consultant to MedImmune and Sanofi Pasteur, also received money from Roche, RW Johnson, and SmithKline Beecham: https://rense.com/general89/2o.htm
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    In June 2006, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV), which in less than 1% of all infection causes cervical cancer. Gardasil, of Merck & Co Inc, was licensed for vaccination of females 9 to 26 years.

    Merck & Co Inc actively promoted (lobbied) mandatory, school-entry HPV vaccination in several states. Merck proactively contacted legislators to discuss strategies to maximise uptake of Gardasil by introducing legislation, often drafting the bills and searching for a sponsor.
    Merck mobilised legislators primarily through Women in Government (WIG), a national, “non-profit” group of female state politicians. Merck contributed unrestricted educational grants to WIG, which covered the expenses of dozens of politicians to go to conferences on cervical cancer at nice destinations and attended by Merck representatives. Merck’s financial contributions to WIG and other interest groups were not publicly disclosed.
    Members of WIG introduced many of the mandate bills considered across the country.

    In 2007, shortly after Governor Perry of Texas issued an executive order mandating HPV vaccination for girls, a public outcry was sparked after it was reported that the governor’s former chief of staff had worked for years as a lobbyist for Merck and that Merck had contributed $5000 to the governor’s campaign fund.

    A respondent from California compared what happened with Gardasil to what earlier happened with Merck’s Fosamax (to prevent osteoporotic fractures):
    They created this paranoia about fracture risk and applied it to a much bigger market. I think that they very successfully did the same thing with Gardasil.
    Both Merck and GSK, manufacturer of another HPV vaccine, came forward with unrestricted donations for the first time after Gardasil was introduced.
    Representatives for Merck were present at task force and committee meetings.
    Merck also infiltrated the prescriber community, both directly and by training physicians.

    In most states, the politicians preferred to work with the pharmaceutical over their state’s health department.

    Mello et al - Pharmaceutical Companies’ Role in State Vaccination Policymaking: The Case of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination (2012): https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3483914/
    (archived here: http://archive.is/FgDeQ)


    Guess what?
    Julie Gerberding, who headed the CDC from 2002 through 2009, after quitting the CDC, became president of the vaccine division at Merck, no doubt for a handsome salary.
    Maybe Gerberding's new job - promotion vaccines – isn’t very different from the one she held at the CDC: https://www.naturalnews.com/027789_D...ing_Merck.html
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    Crony capitalism: where that revolving door from government to business and business to government which allows people to make millions and gain power.
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    I'm just glad that our media are deaf, dumb and blind or there wouldn't be any reason to make these posts...

    Maybe you’ve heard that prescription drugs are so expensive because it costs so much to develop them. The pharmaceutical industry spends much more money on advertising their products than on development. In 2012, the pharmaceutical industry spent more than $27 billion on drug promotion — more than $24 billion on marketing to physicians and over $3 billion on advertising to consumers.


    It took until the 1980s, until the FDA allowed ads targeting consumers. Big Pharma advertises their products on TV, print and internet, to convince people they are sick and in need of drugs. About 40% make an appointment with their doctor after seeing a drugs ad. According to one survey, about 76% of Americans trust that drug companies adequately explain side effects.
    Celebrities were hired to promote blood thinner Xarelto - golfer Arnold Palmer, NASCAR driver Brian Vickers, comedian Kevin Nealon and NBA champion Chris Bosh - and Merck’s painkiller Vioxx - Bruce Jenner and Dorothy Hamill.
    In 2015, Big Pharma spent a record-breaking $5.4 billion on consumer ads. That same year, Americans spent a record $457 billion on prescription drugs.
    After the FDA approved drugs to treat men with clinical hypogonadism (that causes low testosterone), millions of men demanded these drugs from their doctors.

    Big Pharma literally spends billions on marketing to doctors. Drug companies employ a wide variety of techniques to reach prescribers: free meals, speaking fees, and sponsoring educational courses and clinical trials.
    Several studies showed that free meals increase prescriptions for a branded drug. The more expensive the free meal to a doctor, the more the prescriptions rates for the advertised product go up.
    Doctors who received industry payments were 2 to 3 times as likely to prescribe brand-name drugs at exceptionally high rates.

    Pharma marketing involves creating educational courses and clinical trials to influence doctors.
    Some company-sponsored trials, seeding trials, serve little or no scientific purpose but are thinly disguised attempts to make doctors prescribe a new drug marketed by the company. This is marketing in the guise of science.
    Merck’s marketing team once designed a trial to reach “a key physician group to accelerate uptake of Vioxx as the second entrant in a highly competitive new class and gather data important to this customer group”. Merck later pulled Vioxx from the market after many patients suffered heart attacks.

    Big Pharma also spends billions paying criminal and civil settlements resulting from fraudulent marketing. Pharmaceutical companies often engage in illegal activities, like dangerous promotion of drugs for uses not approved by the FDA — off-label promotion.
    The biggest settlement in US history belongs to GSK that paid $3 billion to resolve criminal and civil charges for illegal promotion and failure to report safety data of antidepressant Paxil. The pharmaceutical giant pleaded guilty for pushing the drug as a treatment for children younger than 18, though the FDA never approved this use.

    One of the most publicised cases of off-label marketing is Johnson & Johnson’s antipsychotic drug Risperdal (risperidone). In 1993, the FDA only approved the drug to treat schizophrenia in adults. That didn’t stop J&J from marketing the drug to treat ADHD, anxiety, sleep difficulties, depression and hostility in children and elderly.
    They claimed that Risperdal is safe and effective in treating hostility in the elderly. Many elderly patients on Risperdal died from heart-related issues and strokes.
    In the 1990s, Risperdal made about 20% of its revenue from sales to children. Several young boys and men grew breasts (gynecomastia). Court documents show J&J knew of the risk.
    J&J settled the Risperdal case for $2.2 billion in 2013: https://www.drugwatch.com/featured/big-pharma-marketing/
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    I wouldn't support it, but it probably would be slightly better than the kludge we have now. Nearly half of people are on some kind of gov't healthcare anyway.
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    Arguably the most powerful group in psychiatry is the “all-knowing” DSM panel that invents and re-invents psychiatric disorders according to the latest needs in population control.
    Most of the DSM experts are tied to big pharma. Big pharma could even describe the effects of drugs as the result of a mental disorder.

    Lisa Cosgrove concluded that most members of the DSM IV and DSM V panels are financially tied to the pharmaceutical industry - in DSM V 75% of the work groups.
    The panels with most ties to the pharmaceutical industry are those for which poisoning with drugs is the first-line intervention:
    67% of the panel for Mood Disorders;
    83% of the panel for Psychotic Disorders;
    100% of the Sleep/Wake Disorders: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/art...ed.1001190.pdf


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    Two whistleblowers have accused their employer Questcor of bribing doctors to increase sales of Acthar in federal court. The lawsuit was under seal for 7 years since it was filed in 2012.
    The lawsuit has been updated and includes: "The illegal practices that Questcor had been engaging in since 2007, have knowingly been continued since the merger and acquisition of Questcor by Mallinckrodt".

    The whistleblowers have accused Questcor Pharmaceuticals, now Mallinckrodt, of an intentional “multi-tiered” strategy to boost sales of H.P. Acthar Gel, cheating the government out of millions of dollars.
    Sales representatives received lucrative bonuses designed to promote a "sell at all cost" mentality. For example, 2 sales specialists received $124,000 and $110,000 in bonuses in the second quarter of 2011 alone (of which $75,000 and $80,000 in a single month).

    From 2011 to 2016, Medicare spent $2 billion on the drug Acthar. Acthar is mainly used to treat seizures in infants but is approved for a total of 19 indications, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and kidney disease.
    The company that produced and sold it until 2014, Questcor, was acquired by Mallinckrodt in a $5.6 billion deal.

    Spending on Acthar has risen dramatically - more than tenfold in 6 years - to some $2 billion a year.
    Mallinckrodt has hiked Acthar's prices 97,000%. In 2017, Mallinckrodt reached a $100 million settlement after the Federal Trade Commission accused it of violating antitrust laws to thwart competitors from undercutting Acthar's exorbitant price.

    According to the whistleblowers’ lawsuit, Questcor/Mallinckrodt also lied to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by covering up the paid kick-backs and its illegal promotion of H.P. Acthar Gel. Not only by making false statements to the FDA but also by directing employees to conceal evidence on the extent of the advertising and marketing materials: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/30/h...har/index.html
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    Peter Gotzsche – Big Pharma is organised crime

    The Danish doctor Peter C. Gotzsche, exposes the pharmaceutical industries and their fraudulent behaviour, disregard for human lives and their charade of research and marketing.
    In his 2013 book “Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime; How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare”, Gotzsche argues that big pharma is actively racketeering.

    On 13 September 2018, Peter Gotzsche was expelled from the Cochrane Collaboration (both from its Board and as a member) that he co-founded, even though Cochrane’s hired Counsel had found no evidence of wrong-doing.
    Gotzsche claims he was expelled because he objected against Cochrane becoming to positive on our destructive healthcare.

    Gotzsche estimates that about 200,000 persons die annually just in the US from side effects or medical errors. Many patients/victims die, because of drugs, the third biggest killer in the world.
    The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don´t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs. This is what makes drugs so different from anything else in life… Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors… the reason patients trust their medicine is that they extrapolate the trust they have in their doctors into the medicines they prescribe.

    The patients don’t realize that, although their doctors may know a lot about diseases and human physiology and psychology, they know very, very little about drugs that hasn’t been carefully concocted and dressed up by the drug industry… If you don t think the system is out of control, please email me and explain why drugs are the third leading cause of death… If such a hugely lethal epidemic had been caused by a new bacterium or a virus,or even one-hundredth of it, we would have done everything we could to get it under control.



    I found the freely viewable chapter 18 from Gotzsche´s controversial 2013 book. It´s about psychiatry.
    While the information is good, I found it difficult to read (and this isn´t because I´m not familiar with the topic). Maybe this is because it´s no good to start reading a book in the middle or maybe because English isn´t Gotzsche´s first language.
    Here´s my summary of the chapter.


    Rigging medical trials
    An internal Pfizer memorandum shows that a medical trial was rigged deliberately:
    If we were going to have to increase dothiepin dosage from 75 mg to 100 mg, we should do so at 1 week rather than at 2 weeks, which would result in a high drop- out rate on dothiepin due to side effects. By 2 weeks, patients have learnt to live with side effects.

    Cipramil/Cipralex fraud
    Before the patent for citalopram expired, Lundbeck patented the active half and called the same drug Cipralex (Celexa, Lexapro), which it launched in 2002. After the patent for citalopram expired, Cipramil became much cheaper, but the price of Cipralex remained high. In 2009, in Denmark Cipralex cost 19 times as much as Cipramil.
    A paper was published in a journal edited by a person who is paid by Lundbeck with the claim that the same drug Cipralex worked faster than Cipramil in some cases. One of the academic authors was Stuart Montgomery, who once concealed that he worked for Pfizer at the same time as he worked for the UK drug regulator that approved Pfizer´s drug sertraline.
    Gorman appeared as an expert and said that 80% of the compulsive shoppers had slowed their purchases on Cipralex. Even though such a disorder hasn´t even been invented by the almighty DSM.
    While medical doctors were stimulated to poison depressed children with Cipralex, Forest executives for 3 years kept the results of a medical trial secret that didn’t show any benefits of Cipralex as a depression treatment for children.


    Weight gain – Zyprexa, Seroquel
    Lilly agreed to pay more than $1.4 billion for illegal marketing for off-label uses of Zyprexa, although its adverse effects are substantial, inducing heart failure, pneumonia, weight gain and diabetes.
    In 2006, internal Lilly documents were leaked, which demonstrate that in 1999 Lilly’s chief scientist, Alan Breier, told employees in 1999 that “weight gain and possible hyperglycemia is a major threat to the long-term success of this critically important molecule”, but Lilly kept the 1999 study secret, which also showed that blood sugar levels in the victims increased steadily for 3 years. Lilly’s own studies showed that 30% of the patients gained at least 10 kg in weight after only a year on Zyprexa.

    AstraZeneca silenced a trial that showed that quetiapine (Seroquel) led to high rates of treatment discontinuation and significant weight increases, while the company at the same time claimed that the drug helped psychotic patients lose weight.
    Kit and at least one journal article wrote that quetiapine didn’t increase body weight while internal data showed that 18% of the patients had a weight gain of at least 7%.


    GlaxoSmithKline - Paxil
    In 2001, GlaxoSmithKline published a fraudulent scientific report that Paxil (Seroxat, paroxetine) was effective with minimal adverse effects. GlaxoSmithKline lied to its sales force that a trial showed “REMARKABLE Efficacy and Safety”, while the company in internal documents admitted that the study shows that Paxil wasn’t effective at all.
    At least 8 children became suicidal on Paxil versus 1 on placebo (a significant difference).
    There were 11 serious adverse effects in 93 children posioned with Paxil and 2 among 87 children on placebo (this was also significant).

    GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly and Pfizer, routinely added suicide cases to the placebo arm of their trials, although they occured before the patients were randomised to placebo.
    In data submitted by GlaxoSmithKline to the FDA in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the company had included suicide attempts from the washout period before the patients were randomised in the results for the placebo arms of trials.

    In 2004, a researcher used the full reports of Glaxo’s trials that were made available as a result of litigation, and he found that Paxil significantly increased suicidal tendencies.
    He included 3 trials, among them the unpublished study 377, which showed that Paxil isn´t better than placebo.


    Suicidal from the drugs
    Some of the psychiatric drugs that cause suicides are:
    Prozac;
    Zoloft;
    Cipralex.

    Even though his mother Nancy put information on the internet on the suicide of her son Brennan after he was poisoned with Cipralex, but “search” engines don’t find it.

    An internal Lilly memo from 1984, shows that the German drug agency described 2 suicides and 16 suicide attempts among only 1427 patients on Prozac (fluoxetine). A Lilly Germany memo listed 9 suicides in 6993 patients on fluoxetine.
    This doesn´t add up, when compared to only 5 suicides in FDA’s analysis of 52,960 victims on SSRI drugs. This is less than 1 per 10,000 patients, although you would expect 13 per 10,000 victims.

    In a 1995 meta-analysis, 5 suicides in 2963 patients on paroxetine were reported (17 per 10,000). This meta-analysis wrongly reported 2 suicides on placebo, which occurred in the washout period.

    The UK drug regulator reported 11 suicide attempts in 3455 victims on paroxetine and 1 in 1978 on placebo.


    Higher death rates by psychiatric drugs
    Antipsychotics increase the risk of dying through a variety of causes, including suicide, cardiac arrhythmias, diabetes and weight gains.
    The use of psychiatric drugs both off-label and “legal” is exploding. The use of antipsychotics went up eight-fold between 1993–1998 and 2005–2009, and doubled in adults.

    In 2007, more than 20 million people were poisoned with Zyprexa (olanzapine).
    A meta-analysis shows that victims poisoned with Zyprexa that were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia had a 3.5% death rate compared to 2.3% on placebo. Thus, for every 100 patients poisoned, there was one additional death on the drug. The true death rate is likely even higher.
    If we take one death in a hundred for a reasonable estimate of the deaths caused by Zyprexa, this would mean that 200,000 of the 20 million died because of Zyprexa alone.


    Chapter 18 from Gotzsche - “Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime; How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare” (2013): http://web.archive.org/web/20150226033136/http://www.radcliffehealth.com/sites/radcliffehealth.com/files/samplechapter/gotzsche_chpt18.pdf


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