Pfizer and Glaxo—both on the hot seat…


…for lying and cheating while marketing their toxic products

From the claims made by Pfizer, it would seem like their Centrum brand of vitamins works like a wonder drug and will take care of all of your problems. That’s because Centrum supports: “energy and immunity,” “heart health”, “eye health,” “breast health, “bone health” and “colon health.” According to the Reuters article (link below)

(Reuters) – Pfizer Inc, bowing to allegations of deceptive advertising lodged by a consumer watchdog group, has agreed to drop “breast health” and “colon health” claims from the labels of its widely used Centrum multivitamin supplements.

Although Pfizer said it disagreed with complaints lodged by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), it agreed to remove the claims from some Centrum product labels over the next six months and to withdraw them from websites and advertising within 30 days.

So, Pfizer gets off with a slap on the wrist—claiming that they were innocent. Glaxo, on the other hand, was not so lucky. They ended up pleading guilty to misdemeanor criminal charges and will pay a $3 billion fine. Of course, they rationalized that fine as just one of the costs of doing business. The Glaxo transgression got a lot more press during the past few weeks; including the Reuters article that stated:

GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) targeted the antidepressant Paxil to patients under age 18 when it was approved for adults only, and it pushed the drug Wellbutrin for uses it was not approved for, including weight loss and treatment of sexual dysfunction, according to an investigation led by the U.S. Justice Department.

Dr. Drew, the “most listened to doctor in America.”

Dr. Drew also implicated. In a separate Wall Street Journal article we learn that the popular radio doctor was on the take from Glaxo for praising Wellbutrin on his program. Wonder why he likes it so much? Actually there were several hundred thousand reasons.

In June 1999, popular radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky used the airwaves to extol the virtues of GlaxoSmithKline GSK.LN +0.48% 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.”

The Bottom Line. Our health care system is in a horrible mess. It’s bankrupting our nation and killing our people. Sadly, stories like these will continue until we teach people EXACTLY how to take charge of their own health. And somewhere along the line, we’ll need to turn our “disease care” system into a true “health promotion” system.

Although I don’t recommend you waste your time by reading the source articles for the above statements, I have provided them here for your convenience:

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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3 Responses to Pfizer and Glaxo—both on the hot seat…

  1. Joe McMahon says:

    J.Morris – Thanks for putting a light on this medication problem… people are told they can eat whatever they want if they take a pill to mitigate the side-ffects of a bad diet (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc)…

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