…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 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:
- Pfizer yanks breast, colon claims for Centrum vitamins | Reuters.
- GlaxoSmithKline settles healthcare fraud case for $3 billion | Reuters.
- Dr. Drew Received Glaxo Payments – WSJ.com.
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