The Big Pharma Corporatocracy and the Culture of Corruption
by Karen De Coster
If you never watch People & Power on Al Jazeera, here is a very interesting edition of the show from 2010 on “Drug Money.” This is a very good film that exposes the lies and fraud of Big Pharma and the medical establishment (one and the same), though the film leaves out investigation of the enabler of this powerful oligarchy, which is government.
Turn to the 7:00 mark and note the interview with the whistleblower from Pfizer who was trained to lie, and when he asked too many questions about Bextra and its off-label marketing he was put on administrative leave. When he and four other whistleblowers were awarded $7.4 million from Pfizer in a legal settlement, the company “accepted full responsibility for improper past promotional practices” for Bextra, yet it denied the allegations made by those five individuals. The Bextra case is one of the largest drug settlements ever.
Also, at 13:00 of the video is the story of Risperdal, a drug marketed for the psychiatric industry for treating schizophrenia and other psychiatric “disorders.” It has also been used to treat bipolar disorder children. Many male children developed breasts from using the drug. A professor from Harvard Medical School, Joseph Biederman, is the guy who spearheaded the effort “to fuel a controversial 40-fold increase from 1994 to 2003 in the diagnosis of pediatric bipolar disorder.” A quote from a brief piece in the New York Times: