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05.06.09

The Pharmaceutical Cartel

Posted in Bill Gates, Deception, Microsoft at 10:21 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Another glimpse at the workings of the drug industry and how it indirectly relates to Microsoft

AT RISK of going excessively off topic, this post is about the PR and pharmaceutical industries, which enjoy a symbiotic relationship that Professor Larry Lessig intends to investigate and expose in years to come. This coverage is very timely because of the news and also because of the relationship of the Gates family with the pharmaceutical industry (sometimes more aptly called “the pharmaceutical cartel”).

Starting with the news, PR Watch writes about Pfizer’s latest mischief, namely embedding advertising inside a message which is disguised as “public service”. In other words, they do something potentially evil under the disguise of “charity”. This is a lot more common than people realise and we gave some examples yesterday.

New Advertising Trend: Fake ‘Public Service’ Ads

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MyTimeToQuit.com. The ad has the look and feel of a public service announcement, and mentions neither Pfizer, nor the popular smoking cessation drug it promotes — Chantix (varenicline). The ad represents a growing trend in drug advertising called “help-seeking ads,” which don’t mention a drug by name, but instead address the condition the drug is meant to treat, and then drive viewers to a toll-free 800 number or a Web site that offers an option to learn more about a prescription drug meant to treat the condition. It is a sneaky, but legal way to advertise drugs that have particularly bad side effects, since avoiding mentioning the drug by name lets the company off the hook for listing its bad side effects in the ad, too, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules.

PR Watch has also just covered the Merck/Elsevier fiasco. Here are three of the links which we shared this morning:

  • Merck Makes Phony Peer-Review Journal

    It is this attitude within companies like Merck and among doctors that allows scandals precisely like this to happen. While the scandals with Merck and Vioxx are particularly egregious, we know they are not isolated incidents. This one is just particularly so. If physicians would not lend their names or pens to these efforts, and publishers would not offer their presses, these publications could not exist. What doctors would have as available data would be peer-reviewed research and what pharmaceutical companies produce from their marketing departments–actual advertisements.

  • Merck And Elsevier Exposed For Creating Fake Peer Review Journal

    Of course, this is exactly the sort of thing that you can do when everything is locked up and proprietary, rather than open. There’s almost no way to confirm or check the data or information to make sure it’s legit, so people tend to assume it is. In that regard, perhaps it’s no surprise that the two companies eventually went down this road, but it does highlight one of the problems with the way the system works today. As Shirky later points out this is hardly unique for a firm like Elsevier, which has faced some serious ethical questions regarding its publications in the past as well.

  • Another Reason We Need Open Access

    One of the more laughable reasons that traditional science publishers cite in their attempts to rubbish open access is that it’s somehow not so rigorous as “their” kind of publishing. There’s usually a hint that standards might be dropped, and that open access journals aren’t, well, you know, quite proper.

What a nice bunch of companies, eh?

They save lives with their drugs and never do any evil. Or so they wish us to believe.

“This is nothing particularly new, but a lot of the public is not aware of this.”Yesterday we had a conversation with a reader who wished to raise some important points on this subject. “I posted some link on Brasilia breaking patents to buy cheaper AIDS drugs and people were like “WOOHOOO”,” he told us. “Look at that domain too, it’s gonna help, but the USA was like: “you owe us now, make a step and we kill ya.” If you want to show that Microsoft is the world’s evil, then post analogies.

There are many possible analogies here are readers can think about them easily. Creation of a dependence is one example, use of patents and extortion being another. The “intellectual debt” conundrum is actually a subject that we wrote about a month ago (see discussion at the bottom). This is nothing particularly new, but a lot of the public is not aware of this. It tends to cause unrest and it typically identifies empires that “bring technology” or “spread democracy” in exchange for something whose desire for they publicly deny.

It ought to be added that the “pharmaceutical cartel” as some people call it is one of the most evil entities out there not just because of fake research but also an extortion where human life is at stake (life and death get monetised). Mr. Bill Gates — through his foundation — is feeding this cartel and asking governments in which he makes multi-billion dollar investments to funnel taxpayers’ money to these cartels that he himself invests in. It was standard practice for the likes of Rockefeller. For those to whom this is new, here are places to start (it may seem like a lot to digest from one paragraph and no external references):

Distinguished people who talk about these matters often get silenced and that’s just where the PR industry comes into play again.

Our reader adds:

This “medical” cartel can outdo Gates and kill him 10 times in a row for the money they get. Just dig a little, there should be plenty of news of such kind. If there are none, they paid pretty much so that it won’t rise in the news [...] and the medical/pharmacy industry is making waaaay too much on people’s lives. They don’t cure a thing but pay others to distribute stuff to keep people in anesthesia so there are plenty of “anesthetic” drugs which don’t cure but postpone. If you want something to cure with, buy something that costs much but maybe is not even as effective as what’s curing [and] actually costs [a lot].

Our reader stressed that all of this can be enforced with facts because — as he asserted on the spot — what he offered was “the knowledge collected and there are facts as well. People don’t tend to respect knowledge nowadays.” For those who are interested in information about the massive spin/marketing industry (whose revenue is something on the scale of a trillion dollars per year in the United States), a good place to start would be Source Watch, whose work we admire. For those who fancy video, here is a great documentary about the PR industry. Reality is quite uncomfortable — if not altogether intimidating — to many of us, but to eternally live in imposed illusions is a risk too high to bear in the long term.

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4 Comments

  1. Yuhong Bao said,

    May 6, 2009 at 10:31 am

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    Yep, I have been reading http://mercola.com/ for a while now about exactly this.

  2. ricardo nunes said,

    May 6, 2009 at 11:01 am

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    hi all,

    and it’s not all about pharmaceutical industries, bill and belinda gates foundation is also dealing with GMO’s.

    please read this very important article about Svalbard, GMO’s and microsoft dealing with eugenics.

    “Doomsday Seed Vault” in the Arctic
    Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t
    by F. William Engdahl
    http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7529

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    May 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm

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    I’ve just come across this in today’s news: “Gates spends a fortune on weird boffins”

    Gentoo User Reply:

    Why don’t you link to the original source instead of that “funny” take on it:

    But the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has thrown a lifeline to scores of projects like these, awarding 81 $100,000 (£65,000) grants in a bid to support innovative, unconventional global health research.

    The five-year health research grants are designed to encourage scientists to pursue bold ideas that could lead to breakthroughs, focusing on ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases, such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia and diarrheal diseases.

    Among the grant recipients is Eric Lam at Rutgers University in New Jersey, who is exploring tomatoes as a antiviral drug delivery system.

    Three British scientific teams, pursuing novel approaches to preventing and treating infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and pneumonia, have been chosen.

    One team, led by researchers at the University of Exeter in Devon, England, will seek to build an inexpensive instrument to diagnose malaria by using magnets to detect the waste products of the malaria parasite in human blood.

    Scientists from Royal Holloway University, London, are attempting to compile a library of all possible mutations of HIV with the ultimate goal of a vaccine that can protect against many variant forms of the virus.

    In the US, Mei Wu at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School will be getting a grant to see if shooting a laser at a person’s skin before administering a vaccine can enhance immune response.

    And Thomas Baker at Pennsylvania State University wants to see if malaria-carrying mosquitoes can be infected with a fungus that would act like a cold, suppressing the sense of smell that they use to find people as sources of blood.

    Each grant recipient will also get the chance of follow-on grants of $1 million if their projects show success.

    Applicants were selected from more than 3,000 proposals, with all levels of scientists represented – from veteran researchers to postgraduates – and a range of disciplines, such as neurobiology, immunology and polymer science.

    The largest philanthropic foundation in the world, the Gates Foundation gave out $2.8 billion last year. It has said payouts this year would grow by about 10 per cent, less than previously planned, because of the troubled economy.

    The foundation was started in 1994 by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife and has the goals of overcoming hunger, poverty and disease internationally. In the US, its focus is on education.

    C’mon, let’s hear you spin this one.

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