The Corrupt Practices of the Big Pharmaceutical Companies
Pharmaceutical corporations like Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, and Moderna – having received billions of dollars directly or indirectly from taxpayers to develop COVID-19 vaccines – have long, documented histories of corruption, including bribing regulators, doctors, and governments.
They have also been caught falsifying safety and efficacy data. They have promoted the use of their products for patients in cases not approved of by regulators, including on children.
They have even been caught knowingly selling products they knew were dangerous or even deadly – withholding critical information from both regulators and the public.
AstraZeneca to pay $5.5 million for bribing doctors in China and Russia
AstraZeneca agreed to pay $5.5 million to settle charges of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, making it the latest global drug maker to face such accusations as part of a long-running probe by US authorities into companies that paid bribes in order to boost sales of their medicines.
In 2003, AstraZeneca was fined $355 million to settle Medicare fraud charges relating to its marketing of the cancer drug Zoladex.14,15 Among the many charges they pleaded guilty to was that they had encouraged doctors to illegally request Medicare reimbursements. Four years later, in 2007, the company was ordered to pay another $12.9 million in damages for its overcharging Medicare and private insurance for Zoladex.
In 2005, the European Commission fined AstraZeneca 60 million euros for misusing the patent system to delay market entry of competing generics.
In 2010, AstraZeneca was fined $520 million for off-label drug marketing.
Also in 2010, the company agreed to pay $198 million to settle more than 25,000 lawsuits filed by patients harmed by three of its psychiatric drugs.
In 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission fined the company $4.3 million for improperly influencing and rewarding prescribers to use their products, in other words, bribery.
In 2019, an Oklahoma court found Johnson & Johnson partially liable for the “human and financial costs” of the opioid epidemic in the U.S. and ordered the company to pay $572 million.
Remember when Pfizer paid out $2.3 billion to settle the largest healthcare fraud case in history?
As millions of eligible Americans rush out to get vaccinated with Pfizer’s new Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine, it is important to remind everyone that back in 2009, Pfizer was forced to pay a whopping $2.3 billion settlement in what quickly became the largest healthcare fraud case in history.
In order to resolve criminal and civil liability charges stemming from its illegal promotion of various pharmaceutical drugs, Pfizer Inc. subsidiary Pharmacia & Upjohn Company Inc. agreed to fork over this large sum of cash, which despite its lofty amount was still less than the untold billions the company raked in from committing the now-settled crimes.
As part of the case, Pfizer pleaded guilty to misbranding an anti-inflammatory drug known as Bextra for the intended purpose of defrauding and misleading customers. Pfizer illegally marketed Bextra for uses and at dosages that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had specifically declined to approve due to safety concerns.
Pfizer consequently paid a criminal fine of $1.195 billion, the largest criminal fine ever imposed in the United States for any matter. Pfizer was also forced to forfeit another $105 million, resulting in a total criminal resolution of $1.3 billion. Bextra was later pulled from the market in 2005.
In 1996, Pfizer conducted an unapproved clinical trial on 200 Nigerian children with its experimental anti-meningitis drug, Trovafloxacin, without the consent of their parents and which led to the death of 11 children from kidney failure and left dozens more disabled. In 2011, Pfizer paid just $700,000 to four families who had lost a child, and set up a $35 million fund for the disabled. This cover-up was the basis to the John Le Carré book and film, The Constant Gardener.
In 2009, Pfizer paid $750 million to settle 35,000 claims that its diabetes drug, Rezulin, was responsible for 63 deaths and dozens of liver failures. In 1999, a senior epidemiologist at the Food and Drug Administration warned that Rezulin was ‘one of the most dangerous drugs on the market’.
In 2010, Pfizer admitted that, in the last 6 months of 2009 alone, it had paid $20 million to 4,500 doctors in the US for consulting and speaking on its behalf, and $15.3 million to 250 academic medical centres for clinical trials.
In 2012, Pfizer paid $45 million to settle charges of bribing doctors and other health-care professionals employed by foreign governments in order to win business. The Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit said: ‘Pfizer subsidiaries in several countries had bribery so entwined in their sales culture that they offered points and bonus programs to improperly reward foreign officials who proved to be their best customers’.
By 2012, Pfizer had paid $1.226 billion to settle claims by nearly 10,000 women that its hormone replacement therapy drug, Prempro, caused breast cancer.
In 2013, Pfizer agreed to pay $55 million to settle criminal charges of failing to warn patients and doctors about the risks of kidney disease, kidney injury, kidney failure and acute interstitial nephritis caused by its proton pump inhibitor, Protonix.
In 2013, Pfizer set aside $288 million to settle claims by 2,700 people that its smoking cessation drug, Chantix, caused suicidal thoughts and severe psychological disorders. The Food and Drug Administration subsequently determined that Chantix is probably associated with a higher risk of heart attack.
In 2016, Pfizer was fined a record £84.2 million for overcharging the NHS for its rebranded and deregulated anti-epilepsy drug, Phenytoin, by 2,600 per cent (from £2.83 to £67.50 a capsule), increasing the cost to UK taxpayers from £2 million in 2012 to about £50 million in 2013.
Mainstream media barely covered the $100 million settlement Johnson & Johnson paid last year (2020) for its baby powder causing cancer. A jury ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.7 billion in 2018 for its baby powder containing asbestos and causing cancer. That verdict was reduced to $2.1 billion on appeal. Several more lawsuits are pending and will cost Johnson & Johnson billions more in settlements.
“Given this record of ongoing corruption and malpractice from which only its enormous profits have saved it from criminal prosecution, it seems extraordinary that Pfizer is still permitted to manufacture and sell any health care products. Yet this is the pharmaceutical company we’re being asked by the UK Government to trust with the mass vaccination of 68 million people with a product that has been rushed through clinical trials in 7 months, using an experimental technology that has never before been approved and whose side effects are still unknown, for a disease with the fatality rate of seasonal influenza, which statistically is a threat only to those over 70 years old with serious pre-existing medical conditions, and for which there is no evidence that it prevents infection by a virus for which only 1 per cent of the population is currently testing positive with a testing program that has an average false positive rate of 2.3 per cent, and from which anything from 50-60 per cent of us already had or have since developed immunity” - Simon Elmer, Architects for Social Housing - https://architectsforsocialhousing.co.uk/2020/12/09/bowling-for-pfizer-whos-behind-the-biontech-vaccine/
“Some of the same drug companies now responsible for developing and manufacturing fast-tracked COVID-19 vaccines were also responsible for creating the opioid crisis in the U.S., which has killed as many Americans as have died from COVID-19. Most have also been convicted of other unethical and criminal activities over the years, any of which puts their ethical fitness into question. All of this tells you that the same greed that drove these drug companies into criminal acts before is still at play today, and they have repeatedly proven that profit potential wins over harm potential every time. Considering their long histories of unethical, illegal and criminal behaviours, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca are hardly beacons of hope for mankind when it comes to COVID-19 — or any other pandemic, for that matter. Sadly, the rapidly escalating reports of serious side effects and deaths from these injections, and the companies’ dismissal of these events as coincidental or insignificant further prove that profit is still the primary driver. If they can make a buck by ignoring a problem, they will” – Dr. Joseph Mercola
Can You Trust Big Pharma’s Gene Therapy Vaccine?
Who would want to take a vaccine from these Pharmaceutical companies who have such a checkered history of bribery, lying, deceiving and falsifying data just to sell their products? If this was any other business would you want to deal with a company like that? This is much more important because you are injecting chemicals into your body from these gangster like enterprises. Can you trust them with your health? Johnson & Johnson and Moderna have never created a vaccine before, this is their first time but millions are lining to take these experimental vaccines for a virus that has a 99.7% recovery rate. The governments and media, especially in the western world have fulfilled their part of the agenda which was to create so much fear in the populations with their over exaggerated and false covid death figure\case data that the unaware general public have bought into and believed 100%. It’s very simple the mainstream media lie and do not inform the people of the truth. They should give both side of the story, but they don’t. They give one side of the covid narrative, the one that they want the people to believe. Why don’t they inform the people of the corruption of the Big Pharma companies?
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