May 4, 2009
-- by Dave Johnson
Why is Merck allowed to continue to operate?
Merck cooked up a phony, but real sounding, peer reviewed journal and published favorably looking data for its products in them.From the linked article in The Scientist, Merck published fake journal,
Merck paid an undisclosed sum to Elsevier to produce several volumes of a publication that had the look of a peer-reviewed medical journal, but contained only reprinted or summarized articles--most of which presented data favorable to Merck products--that appeared to act solely as marketing tools with no disclosure of company sponsorship.
. . . The issues contained little in the way of advertisements apart from ads for Fosamax, a Merck drug for osteoporosis, and Vioxx.
. . . The claim that Merck had created a journal out of whole cloth to serve as a marketing tool was first reported by The Australian about three weeks ago. It came to light in the context of a civil suit filed by Graeme Peterson, who suffered a heart attack in 2003 while on Vioxx, against Merck and its Australian subsidiary, Merck, Sharp & Dohme Australia (MSDA).
They invented a phony "scientific" "peer-reviewed" journal to public marketing articles promoting their products, making it look like "science" validated them!
How many people did Vioxx kill? Question: Does this "pharmaceutical" company, like others, refuse to develop antibiotics - even though we (humanity) are running out of effective antibiotics - because they don't make enough profit?
Why are they allowed to call themselves a pharmaceutical company? Why are they allowed by our laws to be a corporation?
It is time to put a stop to all corporate lobbying of all types, and get a handle back on control of our own government!
Posted by Dave Johnson at May 4, 2009 11:52 AM
Regulations are to corporations as criminal laws are to humans.
When Republicans screech about eliminating regulations, they mean to eliminate all laws on the behavior of corporate entities. They demand total anarchy for the corporate sector. If CEOs decide that it's more cost effective to kill your entire family the anti-regulators want your family dead.
The Federal Government, and state governments, have the authority to inflict the death penalty on corporate entities. The cancellation of business licenses.
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