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Pfizer: The Drug Giant That Makes Bank From Drugs That Can Kill You


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Ellyn
- 3299 days ago - alternet.org
To say Pfizer's been accused of wrongdoing is like saying BP had an oil spill. Other drug companies have a portfolio of products, Pfizer has a portfolio of scandals including, but not limited to, Chantix, Lipitor, Viagra, Geodon, Trovan, Bextra, Celebrex,



   

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Past Member (0)
Saturday July 10, 2010, 11:59 pm
dont take lipitor for chest pains
 

kaye whelpton (38)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 12:43 am
That post is a truly absorbing read very interesting. I wonder if any of the medications listed within the article were tested on animals,which is an unreliable way to test medicine's intended to use on humans any way. Back to the topic,its quite scary to think some of these drugs killed more people than they saved.Thank you Ellyn.
 

Parsifal S (96)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 4:24 am
Ellyn, well observed.
But wait until these Pharma Industries create a new flu. Possibly rat flu or plague? Or goat flue this time?
With mandatory vaccinations, injecting artificial made swine DNA, foetal cells, Nano particles, Aluminium particles, mercury, formaline-conservation, among other ingredencies for a healthy life?
And a smart microchip from Intel or Hitachi?
These crowth market corps will keep you in a stage between life and death, benefiting from your suffering, a giga-billion USD branch.
Corporations greed in plain.
These world criminals should - all of them - be impeached:
The former Pfizer COO stated: We have to kill to win...
What exactly did he mean?
Noted!

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Regina R (42)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 11:21 am
Pfizer has developed and marketed many drugs that have saved many lives. Let's not forget the positive as you try to bash them. Without the Pharma industries, we'd still be fighting losing battles with the Black Plague, Malaria, Polio, Smallpox, and the list goes on and on...diabetics would be dying; and let's not forget the great strides made in treatments for AIDS patients. The company is not perfect, and the people running it have been less than honest on a few occasions --- but mankind has benefited greatly from the drugs they develop and market.
 

Jay curnow (196)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 11:43 am
I feel that drug companies in general aren't overly concerned about patient welfare on the whole.....it's simply a sourse of big business,,,,,& the highest prfit margin they can get!
 

MICHELLE S (101)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 12:26 pm
noted and tweeted, thanks!
 

Shirley H (49)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 12:44 pm
Drug Companies are only concerned with making money, not friends.
Shirley H.
 

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 12:50 pm
Gina, I sure hope the rest of your list is better than the first four as thay were all developed before any of the Big Pharma. And Big Pharma still has a consistent homicidal habit of hiding research that does not fit its profit margins.
 

April Thompson (2)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 1:18 pm
Not a surprise! Greed always overtakes concern for humans!
 

Lyn C (70)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 2:18 pm
Big pharma may not have developed the medications that were mentioned, but they did manufacture the drugs to prevent modern day man from getting those diseases. There's a lot of greed going on, but there's much good that has come about thanks to drug research too.
 

Marie Therese H (10)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 4:19 pm
All I know is that without drug companies, I would have died in my twenties.
I don't care that they are out to make money, all enterprises have that goal in mind. But if they did not help people, they would not be making money.
So the end justifies the means
 

Ellyn S (48)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 4:22 pm
I watched BILL MOYER'S JOURNAL on May 16, 2008. He was interviewing Melody Pedersen, a seasoned investigative reporter investigating Big Pharma for the New York Times. Here is a section of that interview:

BILL MOYERS: In a single generation, ads like those have helped to make America the world's greatest medicine show. That's journalist Melody Petersen's term for it in her book, OUR DAILY MEDS.

As a reporter for THE NEW YORK TIMES Melody Petersen covered the drug industry for four years, winning one of the highest honors in business journalism - the Gerald Loeb Award. Then she spent another four years researching and writing this book. She concludes that selling prescription drugs - rather than discovering them - has become the industry's obsession.

She found companies pitching drugs with cartoon characters, popping up on email and websites, on buses and street corners, at NASCAR races and even at the world-famous state fair in Iowa where Melody Petersen grew up....

MELODY PETERSEN: It was like Disneyland - this little critter, which was the mascot for Lamisil, a pill for toenail fungus. He was out there doing a jig with the children - and I found these marketing tactics just about everywhere.

BILL MOYERS: Here you are possessed to stay with one subject for eight years. Most journalists I know who spend so much time, do so much research, so obsessed with one subject will tell me that they had an epiphany, they had a moment when they said, 'This is what I'm going to do -the big investment of my life." Was there a moment for you?

MELODY PETERSEN: It was actually gradual. When I started writing about the pharmaceutical companies for The Times I didn't know anything about the drug companies and I actually thought that they were a lot about science. That's what they tell the public. They are all about science and discovering new drugs. But as I started to follow their daily activities and talk to executives, I learned that really it was marketing that drove them.

NOTE: The entire interview can be read at:http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/05162008/transcript2.html
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 9:18 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Sunday July 11, 2010, 10:45 pm
In today's World unfortunately we do need the Drug Companies. However we would only take them if absolutely necessary - like anti-biotics for something alternative medicine cannot help with immediately. Otherwise we stick strictly to the alternatives....and have done for many years - preferring to call upon a Homeopath or Naturopath for assistance. Happily it has worked well for us.
 

Judy Y (2)
Monday July 12, 2010, 2:15 am
After being victimized by a neurosurgeon who operated unnecessarily, and gave me trigeminal
neurlagia, nicknamed the "suicide pain," plus crushed facial nerves, I know you must protect
yourself. It is too late after you take the newest wonder drug. I get relief from exercise, meditation, m husband, my cat, and acupuncture, when I can afford it. Not all insurance companiee cover acupuncture, despite the fact they do NOT question the latest drug if approved by the FDA. Health care is an industry. The bottom line is money, not people!
 

Edward M (8)
Monday July 12, 2010, 2:25 am
One of the main reasons that these incidents come about is due to the way your political parties are financed, which happens to be by big business corporations such as Pfizer.
Until this practise is either strictly regulated or outlawed, then just carry on with your lives and wait for the next "scandal".
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 12, 2010, 3:47 am
Noted! As a C.Ph.T., a Certified Pharmacy Technician, with 15 years experience, I will take no drug until I check out the package insert from the product itself. This is not the same as asking the Pharmacist for a drug printout. The package insert comes taped to or inside the stock bottle of medication itself, and contains info on the side effects that the ordinary printout does not contain. This info from the drug company, breaks down the possible negative side effects into % points. There are also "natural and expected side effects" from every medication, and "possible side effects." We must take control and become informed ourselves.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 12, 2010, 3:54 am
Kaye W., all medications are tested on animals, then go to the human testing phase. Animals and people must be tested on in order for the drug to be released. I suggest that everyone who loves animals read about the 50/50 test, as that is the first drug testing process. It is a test to see if 50% of the animal subjects die during the testing process. Of course, just because something does not kill an animal, does not mean that it will not kill a human being.
 

Dennis G (12)
Monday July 12, 2010, 9:29 am
while all meds have side effects i think it is alarmist and hysterical to put lipitor and viagra in the group of "dangerous" drugs. lipitor has prolonged lives and viagra has improved the lives of many older men. so knock off the rabid generalizations to incite people to hysteria.
 

Pier Luca F (18)
Monday July 12, 2010, 10:48 am
Noted thank you
 

Tamara WILLIAMS (176)
Tuesday July 13, 2010, 2:22 pm
They have to make their money somewhere and have test subjects. The only thing is you are not told you are being a guine pig or getting paid for being a willing test subject
 
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