Big Pharma criminality no longer a conspiracy theory: Bribery, fraud, price fixing now a matter of public record

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

Editor of  NaturalNews.com

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(NaturalNews) Those of us who have long been describing the pharmaceutical  industry as a “criminal racket” over the last few years have been wholly  vindicated by recent news. Drug and vaccine manufacturer Merck was caught  red-handed by two of its own scientists faking vaccine efficacy data by  spiking blood samples with animal antibodies. GlaxoSmithKline has just been  fined a whopping $3 billion for bribing doctors, lying to the FDA, hiding  clinical trial data and fraudulent marketing. Pfizer, meanwhile has been sued by  the nation’s pharmacy retailers for what is alleged as an “overarching  anticompetitive scheme” to keep generic cholesterol drugs off the market and  thereby boost its own profits.
The picture that’s emerging is one of a  criminal drug industry that has turned to mafia tactics in the absence of any  real science that would prove their products to be safe or effective. The  emergence of this extraordinary evidence of bribery, scientific fraud, lying to  regulators and monopolistic practices that harm consumers is also making all  those doctors and “skeptics” who defended Big Pharma and vaccines eat their  words.
To defend Big Pharma today is to defend a cabal of criminal  corporations that have proven they will do anything — absolutely anything — to keep their profits rolling in. It makes no difference who  they have to bribe, what studies they have to falsify, or who has to be  threatened into silence. They will stop at nothing to expand their profit base,  even if it means harming (or killing) countless innocents.
Let’s take a  look at recent revelations:

GlaxoSmithKline pleads guilty to bribery, fraud and other crimes

It what  is now the largest criminal fraud settlement ever to come out of the  pharmaceutical industry, GlaxoSmithKline has pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $1  billion in criminal fines and $2 billion in civil fines following a nine-year  federal investigation into its activities.
According to U.S. federal  investigators, GlaxoSmithKline (http://www.naturalnews.com/036416_GlaxoSmithKline_fraud_criminal_char…):
• Routinely bribed doctors with luxury vacations and paid speaking gigs • Fabricated drug safety data and lied to the FDA • Defrauded Medicare and  Medicaid out of billions • Deceived regulators about the effectiveness of its  drugs • Relied on its deceptive practices to earn billions of dollars selling  potentially dangerous drugs to unsuspecting consumers and medical  patients
And this is just the part they got caught doing. GSK doesn’t  even deny any of this. The company simply paid the $3 billion fine, apologized  to its customers, and continued conducting business as usual.
By the way,  in addition to bribing physicians, GSK has plenty of money to spread around  bribing celebrities and others who pimps its products. The company reportedly  paid $275,000 to the celebrity doctor known as “Dr. Drew,” who promoted Glaxo’s  mind-altering antidepressant drug Wellbutrin (http://naturalsociety.com/top-radio-doctor-paid-by-glaxosmithkline-to…).
As  the Wall Street Journal reports:
In June 1999, popular radio  personality Dr. Drew Pinsky used the airwaves to extol the virtues of  GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s antidepressant Wellbutrin, telling listeners he prescribes  it and other medications to depressed patients because it “may enhance or at  least not suppress sexual arousal” as much as other antidepressants do. But one  thing listeners didn’t know was that, two months before the program aired, Dr.  Pinsky — who gained fame as “Dr. Drew” during years co-hosting a popular radio  sex-advice show “Loveline” — received the second of two payments from Glaxo  totaling $275,000 for “services for Wellbutrin.” (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230393340457750503200685…)

Merck falsified vaccine data, spiked blood samples and more, say former  employees

According to former Merck virologists Stephen Krahling and Joan  Wlochowski, the company: (http://www.naturalnews.com/036328_Merck_mumps_vaccine_False_Claims_Ac…)
• “Falsified test data to fabricate a vaccine efficacy rate of 95 percent or  higher.”
• Spiked the blood test with animal antibodies in order to  artificially inflate the appearance of immune system antibodies.
• Pressured the two virologists to “participate in the fraud and subsequent  cover-up.”
• Used the falsified trial results to swindle the U.S.  government out of “hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not  provide adequate immunization.”
• Intimidated the scientists, threatening  them with going to jail unless they stayed silent.
This is all documented  in a 2010 False Claims Act which NaturalNews has acquired and posted  here: http://www.naturalnews.com/gallery/documents/Merck-False-Claims-Act.p…

Millions of children put at risk by Merck

In that document the two  virologists say they, “witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data  falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s  efficacy findings.”
They also claim that because of the faked vaccine  results, “the United States has over the last decade paid Merck hundreds of  millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization…  The United States is by far the largest financial victim of Merck’s  fraud.”
They go on to point out that children are the real victims,  however:
“But the ultimate victims here are the millions of children  who every year are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not providing  them with an adequate level of protection. …The failure in Merck’s vaccine has  allowed this disease to linger with significant outbreaks continuing to  occur.”

Merck’s mumps viral strain is 45 years old!

According to the complaint,  Merck has been using the same mumps strain — weakened from generations of being  “passaged” — for the last 45 years! The complaint reads:
“For more  than thirty years, Merck has had an exclusive license from the FDA to  manufacture and sell a mumps vaccine in the U.S. The FDA first approved the  vaccine in 1967. It was developed by Dr. Maurice Hilleman, at Merck’s West Point  research facility, from the mumps virus that infected his five year-old daughter  Jeryl Lynn. Merck continues to use this ‘Jeryl Lynn’ strain of the virus for its  vaccine today.”

A complete medical farce

This information appears to show Merck’s mumps  vaccine to be a complete medical farce. Those who blindly backed Merck’s  vaccines — the science bloggers, “skeptics,” doctors, CDC and even the FDA —  have been shown to be utter fools who have now destroyed their  reputations by siding with an industry now known to be dominated by  scientific fraud and unbounded criminality.
That’s the really hilarious  part in all this: After decades of doctors, scientists and government  authorities blindly and brainlessly repeating the mantra of “95%  effectiveness,” it all turns out to be total quackery hogwash. Utterly  fabricated. Quackety-quack quack. And all those hundreds of millions of  Americans who lined up to be injected with MMR vaccines were all repeatedly  and utterly conned into potentially harming themselves while receiving no  medical benefit.
Intelligent, informed NaturalNews readers, home school  parents, and “awakened” people who said “No!” to vaccines are now emerging as  the victors in all this. By refusing to be injected with Merck’s vaccines, they  avoided being assaulted with a fraudulent cocktail of adjuvant chemicals and  all-but-useless mumps strains over four decades old. They protected their time,  money and health. Those who refuse to be physically violated by vaccines are,  once again, turning out to be the smartest people in society. No wonder they  also tend to be healthier than the clueless fools who line up to get vaccinated  every year.

Merck fraudulently misrepresented the efficacy of its vaccine and  contributed to the spread of infectious disease, says lawsuit

The faked  vaccine efficacy numbers aren’t the only troubles Merck is now facing. Shortly  after the above False Claims Act was made public, Chatom Primary Care filed suit  against Merck. That document is available from NaturalNews at: http://www.naturalnews.com/gallery/documents/Chatom-Lawsuit-Merck-Mum…
It  alleges that:
• [Merck engaged in] …a decade-long scheme to falsify and  misrepresent the true efficacy of its vaccine.
• Merck fraudulently  represented and continues to falsely represent in its labeling and elsewhere  that its Mumps Vaccine has an efficacy rate of 95 percent of higher.
• Merck knows and has taken affirmative steps to conceal — by using improper  testing techniques and falsifying test data — that its Mumps Vaccine is, and  has been since at least 1999, far less than 95 percent effective.
• Merck  designed a testing methodology that evaluated its vaccine against a less  virulent strain of the mumps virus. After the results failed to yield Merck’s  desired efficacy, Merck abandoned the methodology and concealed the study’s  findings.
• Merck also engaged in “incorporating the use of animal  antibodies to artificially inflate the results… destroying evidence of the  falsified data and then lying to an FDA investigator… threatened a virologist  in Merck’s vaccine division with jail if he reported the fraud to the  FDA.”
• “Merck designed a testing methodology that evaluated its vaccine  against a less virulent strain of the mumps virus. After the results failed to  yield Merck’s desired efficacy, Merck abandoned the methodology and concealed  the study’s findings. [Then] Merck designed even more scientifically flawed  methodology, this time incorporating the use of animal antibodies to  artificially inflate the results, but it too failed to achieve Merck’s  fabricated efficacy rate. Confronted with two failed methodologies, Merck  then falsified the test data to guarantee the results it desired. Having  achieved the desired, albeit falsified, efficacy threshold, Merck submitted  these fraudulent results to the FDA and European Medicines Agency.”
• “Merck took steps to cover up the tracks of its fraudulent testing by destroying  evidence of the falsified data and then lying to an FDA investigator… Merck  also attempted to buy the silence and cooperation of its staff by  offering them financial incentives to follow the direction of Merck personnel  overseeing the fraudulent testing process. Merck also threatened… Stephen  Krahling, a virologist in Merck’s vaccine division from 1999 to 2001, with jail  if he reported fraud to the FDA.”
• “Merck continued to conceal what it  knew about the diminished efficacy of its Mumps Vaccine even after significant  mumps outbreaks in 2006 and 2009.”

Obama administration has zero interest in actual justice

Another  interesting note in all this is that under President Obama, the U.S. Dept. of  Justice showed no interest whatsoever in investigating Merck over the  False Claims Act filed by two of its former virologists. Despite the convincing  evidence of fraud described in detail by insider whistleblowers, the Obama  Department of Justice, led by gun-running Attorney General Eric Holder who is  already facing serious questions over Operation Fast and Furious, simply  chose to ignore the False Claims Act complaint.
When evidence of criminal  fraud was brought before the U.S. Department of Justice, in other words, the DoJ  looked the other way with a wink and a nod to the medical crimes taking place  right under their noses. Who cares if tens of millions of children are being  injected year after year with a fraudulent mumps vaccine? There’s money  to be made, after all, and exploiting the bodies of little children for profit  is just business as usual in a fascist nation dominated by corporate  interests.

Pfizer sued by retailers over anticompetitive scheme

Adding to all this,  Pfizer has now been sued by five U.S. retailers (pharmacies) who accuse the  company of monopolistic market practices. According to the lawsuit, Pfizer  conspired to prevent generic versions of its blockbuster cholesterol drug  Lipitor from entering the market. This was done to protect billions in profits  while making sure patients did not have access to more affordable cholesterol  drugs. Pfizer sells nearly $10 billion worth of Lipitor each  year.
According to the Reuters report on this lawsuit, Pfizer is  being accused of (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/05/us-pfizer-walgreen-lipitor-…):
• Obtaining a fraudulent patent • Engaging in sham litigation • Entering a  price-fixing agreement to delay cheaper generics • Entering arrangements with  pharmacy benefit managers to force retailers to buy more Lipitor (chemical name  is atorvastatin calcium)

No arrests or prosecution of Big Pharma executives

One of the most  astonishing realizations in all this is that given all the criminal  fraud, bribery, misrepresentation, lying to the FDA, price fixing and other  crimes that are going on in the pharmaceutical industry, you’d think somebody  somewhere might be arrested and charged with a crime,  right?
Nope.
To date, not a single pharmaceutical CEO, marketing  employee or drug rep has been charged with anything related to all this fraud.  In America, drug company employees are “above the law” just like top  mafia bosses of a bygone era.
How insane is this, exactly? Consider  this:
Imagine if YOU, an individual, went around town bribing doctors,  falsifying data, selling a fraudulent product to the government, lying to  regulators, engaging in anti-trade price-fixing and threatening your employees  into silence. What would happen to you?
You’d probably wind up rotting  in prison, the subject of an FBI investigation and a DoJ  prosecution.
So why is it okay for a multi-billion-dollar corporation to  carry out these same crimes and get away with it? Why are the CEOs of top drug  companies given a free pass to commit felony crimes and endless  fraud?
I’ll tell you why, and you’re not gonna like the answer: Because America has become a nation run by crooks for the benefit of crooks.It’s  one big country club, and as comedian George Carlin used to say, “YOU ain’t in  it!”

If Big Pharma would falsify data on vaccines, what else would the industry  do?

I hope you’re getting the bigger picture in all this, friends. If these  drug companies routinely bribe doctors, falsify data, defraud the government and  commit felony crimes without remorse, what else would they be willing to do for  profit?
Would they:
• Falsify efficacy data on other prescription  drugs?

• Exploit children for deadly vaccine trials?

• Invent fictitious  diseases to sell more drugs?

• Unleash bioweapons to cause a profitable  pandemic?

• Conspire with the CDC to spread fear to promote  vaccinations?

• Silence whistleblowers who try to go public with the  truth?

• Give people cancer via stealth viruses in vaccines?

• Destroy the  careers of medical scientists who question Big Pharma?

• Force a medical  monopoly on the entire U.S. population via socialist health care  legislation?
But of course they would. In fact, the industry is doing all  those things right now. And if you don’t believe me, just remember that five  years ago, no one believed me when I said drug companies were engaged in criminal conspiracies to defraud the nation — something that has now  been proven over a nine-year investigation. – NaturalNews

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