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Feb 14

Revealed: Big Pharma's hidden links to NHS policy, with senior MPs saying medical industry uses ‘wealth to influence government’ - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

NHS bosses allowed a lobbying company working for some of the world’s biggest drugs and medical equipment firms to write a draft report which could help shape future health policy. NHS England commissioned a group called the Specialised Healthcare Alliance (SHCA) to consult with patients’ groups, charities and health organisations and produce a report feeding into its future five-year strategy for commissioning £12bn of services.

via Revealed: Big Pharma's hidden links to NHS policy, with senior MPs saying medical industry uses ‘wealth to influence government’ - UK Politics - UK - The Independent.

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Dec 13

Pulling Back the Curtain on the Pharmaceutical Drug Cartel

Even though the video above is a few years old now and bigger fines of $3 billion have been assessed to GlaxoSmithKline two years ago, it is a good summary of how the drug cartels operate.

Did you know that nearly 20 percent of corporate crime is being committed by companies that make products for your health?

Sad but true, no less than 19 pharmaceutical companies made AllBusiness.com's Top 100 Corporate Criminals List for the 1990s, and the trend has continued if not increased into the 21st Century. Crimes committed by some of the most well-known drug companies include:

Fabricated studies

Covering up serious problems with their drugs

False claims

Bribery, illegal kick-backs, and defrauding Medicare, Medicaid, and even the FDA

Immoral threat and intimidation tactics (recall the international drug company Merck actually had a hit list of doctors to be "neutralized" or discredited for criticizing the lethally dangerous painkiller Vioxx. "We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live," a Merck employee wrote, according to an email excerpt read in court.)

Pulling Back the Curtain on Organized Crime

Fortunately, organizations like the Bureau of Investigative Journalism,1 the False Claims Act Legal Center,2 and Politicol News3 have all started investigating and publicizing the criminal actions these companies have been getting away with for decades.

Most recently, the British Medical Journal’s blog featured an article4 by former BMJ editor and director of the United Health Group’s chronic disease initiative, Richard Smith, aptly titled: "Is the Pharmaceutical Industry Like the Mafia?"

The piece is also the foreword to the book, Deadly Medicines and Organized Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare, written by Peter Gøtzsche, head of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, which is considered the gold standard in terms of independent research reviews.

In related news, a recently published study concluded that most drug commercials are misleading or outright false.5 There’s a literal mountain of evidence proving that pharmaceutical companies are untrustworthy at best, and criminal at worst. And yet they’re the backbone of our modern “healthcare” system...

Even Forbes Magazine6 recently published an article with the provocative headline: "Is Big Pharma Addicted To Fraud?" and asked out loud “whether any aspect of the pharmaceutical business can be trusted.”

via Pulling Back the Curtain on the Pharmaceutical Drug Cartel.

7
Sep 13

UC Davis Doctors Resign After Bowel Bacteria Experiments « CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (AP) – Two California neurosurgeons who infected brain-cancer patients with bowel bacteria in an effort to save their lives have resigned their positions at the University of California, Davis, after officials concluded their actions violated the school’s code of conduct.

Dr. J. Paul Muizelaar and Dr. Rudolph J. Schrot told had the permission of the three patients to try the injections, but university officials concluded they failed to get the required prior approval from either the school or the federal Food and Drug Administration for such an experimental treatment that had not been tested on animals.

via UC Davis Doctors Resign After Bowel Bacteria Experiments « CBS Sacramento.

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Jun 13

American Psychiatric Association: Half of Americans ‘mentally ill’

Based on the broadened definitions and categories, the new edition asserts that nearly half of all Americans will face a diagnosable mental illness at some point in their life. That’s up from fewer than 6 percent just eight years ago.

via American Psychiatric Association: Half of Americans ‘mentally ill’.

4
Jun 13

Meet the doctor Big Pharma can't shut up -- Health & Wellness -- Sott.net

Other university psychiatrists and medical doctors I contacted for this article either wouldn't talk on the record or didn't want to be interviewed, confirming an atmosphere Healy describes as "McCarthyist." "There is a climate of fear," he said during our interview. "You find that they are very nervous about saying anything about drug treatments or adverse effects of drugs at all. Doctors keep patients on lots of drugs, even if they are uncomfortable with it. And if you ask them why they're doing so, the answer you'll get is: 'Well, this is the standard of care, and if I don't take care of it this way, I'm going to be in awful trouble.'"

via Meet the doctor Big Pharma can't shut up -- Health & Wellness -- Sott.net.

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May 13

Doctor Cures Her Multiple Sclerosis With Diet, Abandons Wheelchair - GreenMedTV

Dr. Terry Wahls learned how to reverse accelerating multiple sclerosis using an evidence-based, functional medical approach focusing on orthomolecular nutrients and nutrition.. Using the lessons she learned at the subcellular level, she used diet to cure her MS and get out of her wheelchair.

via Doctor Cures Her Multiple Sclerosis With Diet, Abandons Wheelchair - GreenMedTV.