Pfizer Settles Bribery case and will pay $ 60 million in fines

By LUIS MIRANDA | THE REAL AGENDA | AUGUST 8, 2012

Another bribery case has been settled by a pharmaceutical giant. This time it was Pfizer’s turn to admit to buying off doctors, regulators and other government officials in countries like Russia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Czech Republic, China and Italy. Please note that these cases are the ones where authorities  found irregularities in Pfizer’s behavior, although there are many more cases that aren’t even reported about how pharmaceutical companies legally compromise the doctor-patient relationship by encouraging those doctors to push dangerous pharmaceuticals on people who have no idea about the bribery schemes.

The drug maker Pfizer met with representatives of the Department of Justice in the United States to admit blame in the bribery schemes and agreed to pay fines totaling more than $ 60 million (more than 48 million euros) for bribing doctors, regulators and government officials abroad.

The Justice Department announced yesterday hat Pfizer has agreed to end disputes over illegal practices by paying a fine of $ 15 million and the repayment of $ 26.3 million in benefits to the stock market regulator the SEC. Keep in mind that although the company has admitted to the crime, none of Pfizer’s executives was personally blamed and no one has been fired or sent to jail. This new case represents another example of how a multinational corporation bribes its way off trouble — by paying government agencies — for having bribed doctors and other individuals. The total amount of over $60 million pales in comparison with the damage done by pharmaceutical products sold by Pfizer and other drug giants, which kill over 700,000 people a year in the United States alone.

Another subsidiary, acquired by the U.S. pharmaceutical in 2009, Wyeth, will pay $ 18.8 million in repayment of benefits and costs of legal process to resolve the dispute with the U.S. authorities. Cases of bribery have moved from one corporation to another in the last few years. GlaxoSmithKline also agreed to pay $3 billion for criminal and civil violations after the company admitted to illegally marketing the popular antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin and hiding information on the medical risks of its best-selling diabetes drug, Avandia. In the case of GlaxoSmithKline, no one faced jail time either.

The use of antidepressants, among other drugs is now known to cause violent behavior in patients who in many cases become violent to the point of committing homicide or even suicide. This is the kind of information that the pharmaceutical companies hide from patients at all cost. It is also precisely this criminal behavior what transforms people into killing machines, as we explained yesterday in our article about the shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin in the United States.

As reported by Mike Adams in his video Chemical Massacre, people are 6200% more likely today of dying because of their use of dangerous pharmaceuticals, than due to terrorism, for example. However, doctors and large drug conglomerates are never held accountable for the death of patients that entrust their health to their doctors; the same people who are bribed by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline to lie to the sick, the old and the ignorant so they can sell more pharmaceuticals.

The agreement to pay the fines prevents the Justice Department to pursue criminal prosecution against the pharmaceutical industry for improper payments to get a better market position for its products. So in case you were already applauding and cheering for the US DOJ, you can stop right now. What this means is that, once again, a drug giant gets its way with the government and the public, by getting off unharmed for the crimes that cost the lives of millions of people around the world. They will always have $ 60 million or even $3 billion in their reserves to bribe the government and avoid criminal charges.

Back in 2000, the American Medical Association reported on its Journal that almost 300 people in the United States alone die everyday from complications that stem from the use of pharmaceutical products. These complications are caused by medications approved by the Federal Drug Administration of the United States. In other words, government agencies at the very least allow pharmaceutical companies to produce and sell medications that cause sickness and death. How much do drug companies pay in fines to the families? Nothing. This situation will continue to be the same as long as corporations agree to bribe the DOJ, the FDA, and of course the doctors as safety nets to get around the laws.

In 2004, Pfizer was the first major pharmaceutical decided to ‘cooperate’ with the Justice Department to investigate illegal conduct of foreign companies traded, punishable in the United States. Another example is Johnson & Johnson, the company that produces many of the poisonous household cleaning products that billions of people use everywhere. Johnson & Johnson agreed last year to pay $ 70 million in fines to settle for bribes paid in countries like Greece, Poland and Iraq.

In 27 Years 3 Million Die from Prescription Drug Use

by Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post
October 5, 2011

Over the past 27 years — the complete time frame that the data has been available —  there have been 0 deaths as a result of vitamins and over 3 million deaths related to prescription drug use. In fact, going back 54 years there have only been 11 claims of vitamin-related death, all of which provided no substantial evidence to link vitamins to the cause of death. The news comes after a recent statistically analysis found that pharmaceutical drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the US.

In 2009, drugs exceeded the amount of traffic-related deaths, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide.

The findings go against the claims of mainstream medical ‘experts’  and mainstream media outlets who often push the idea that multivitamins are detrimental to your health, and that prescription drugs are the only science-backed option to improving your health. While essential nutrients like vitamin D are continually being shown to slash your risk of disease such as diabetes and cancer, prescription pharmaceuticals are continually being linked to such conditions. In fact, the top-selling therapeutic class pharmaceutical drug has been tied to the development of diabetes and even suicide, and whistleblowers are just now starting to speak out despite studies as far back as the 80s highlighting the risks.

Mainstream medical health officials were recently forced to speak out over the danger of antipsychotic drugs, which millions of children have been prescribed since 2009. U.S. pediatric health advisers blew the whistle over the fact that these pharmaceuticals can lead to diabetes and even suicide, the very thing they aim to prevent. What is even more troubling is that half of all Americans will be diagnosed with a mental condition during their lifetime thanks to lack of diagnosis guidelines currently set by the medical establishment, of which many cases will lead to the prescription of antipsychotics and other similar medications.

Covering up the side effects

In order to protect sales, the link between suicide and antipsychotic drugs was completely covered up by Eli Lilly & Co, the makers of Prozac. Despite research stretching as far back as the 1980s finding that Prozac actually leads to suicide, the company managed to hide the evidence until a Harvard psychiatrist leaked the information into the press. The psychiatrist, Martin Teicher, stated that the American people were being treated like guinea pigs in a massive pharmaceutical experiment.

Greedy and oftentimes prescription-happy doctors are handing out antipsychotic medication like candy to adults and young children alike. In 2008, antipsychotics became the top-selling therapeutic class prescription drug in the United States and grossing over $14 billion in sales.

Antipsychotic drugs are not the only dangerous pharmaceuticals. The average drug label contains 70 side effects, though many popular pharmaceuticals have been found to contain 100 to 125. Some drugs, prescribed by doctors to supposedly improve your health, come with over 525 negative reactions.

Ritalin, for example, has been linked to conditions including:

  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased body temperature
  • Increased alertness
  • Suppressed appetite
Perhaps the hundreds of negative side effects is part of the reason why the FDA announced last year that it is pulling more than 500 cold and allergy off the market due to health concerns. Prescription drugs kill more people than traffic accidents, and come with up to 525 negative side effects. Avoiding these drugs and utilizing high quality organic alternatives like whole food-based multivitamins and green superfoods will lead to a total health transformation without harsh side effects and an exponentially increased death risk.

Sources:

Most recent year: Bronstein AC, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin SL. 2009 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 27th Annual Report. Clinical Toxicology (2010). 48, 979-1178. The full text article is available for free download at http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/2009%20AR.pdf