October 12, 2017; by Paul Fassa (Silver Bulletin e-News Magazine (UtopiaSilver.com) Investigative journalist Jon Rappoport nomorefakenews.com posted a 2012 article again as a “reminder” on the corrupt chicanery of the FDA’s collusion with the pharmaceutical industry. He posted it again in September of 2017 as a “reminder” that the pharmaceutical cartel rules mainstream medicine.
The article featured excerpts from an interview of harassed former FDA medicine reviewer now whistle blower Ronald Kavanagh, Pharm.D, PhD, who revealed a few common corrupt practices that he was aware of and revealed as the tip of the FDA-Pharmaceutical criminal iceberg.
Kavanagh claimed, “Drug reviewers were clearly told not to question medicine companies and that our job was to approve medicines.” In other words, rubber stamp approvals for its client. Client? Yes, medicine companies pay large fees to the FDA for their approvals, explained in detail a few paragraphs later.
Kavanagh’s adventures as a whistle blower led to a Mafia like retaliatory experience:
“… [there was] witness tampering and witness retaliation. I was threatened with prison. One [FDA] manager threatened my children…I was afraid that I could be killed for talking to Congress and criminal investigators.”
The fraudulent incidents he reported were not simply occasional anomalies, they were part of the FDA’s policies. Excerpted from Kavanugh’s Truthout interview:
In 2007, formal policies were instituted so that speaking in any way that could reflect poorly on the agency could result in termination. If we asked questions that could delay or prevent a medicine’s approval – which of course was our job as medicine reviewers – management would reprimand us, reassign us, hold secret meetings about us, and worse. Obviously in such an environment, people will self-censor.
The Medical System is Ideally Rigged for Corruption
Pharmaceutical medicine companies are FDA clients. Since the 1992 Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) the pharmaceutical companies pay the FDA combined fees of $2 million and more for each medicine registration, approval, and license to market it. Since 1992, total of $7.67 billion in user fees to this federal agency has exceeded its federal budget, making it more a private company than a federal agency.
The FDA does no testing. The FDA only approves the medicines from studies provided by the pharmaceutical companies. There have been many independent reports of fraudulent or poorly arranged medicine studies and study reports altered, tampered, and cherry picked to provide only the positive reports while excluding the negative ones. These medicines are then put on the market, often causing serious adverse events on consumers.
Are you aware of how many prescription medicines are consumed without curing while causing serious adverse events and deaths? Even the FDA openly puts out statistics to encourage everyone’s participation with reporting adverse events to this government health agency.
This from the FDA’s website:
“Centers For Education & Research on Therapeutics
Why Learn About Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR)?
- Over 2 MILLION serious ADRs yearly
- 100,000 DEATHS yearly
- ADRs 4th leading cause of death ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia, accidents and automobile deaths
- Ambulatory patients ADR rate- unknown
- Nursing home patients ADR rate- 350,000 yearly
Institute of Medicine, National Academy Press, 2000
Lazarou J et al, JAMA 1998, 279(15): 1200-1205
Gurwitz JH et al, Am JMed 2000, 109(2): 87-94″
So the FDA is aware of this problem enough to obscurely encourage reporting adverse events for prescribed medicines, yet the FDA approved them for public use in the first place. Other research has more recently come up with higher adverse and fatality numbers since the 2000 report used above. Something is very wrong with this picture.
Doctors prescribe them often, easily, and quickly, usually without much if any discussion regarding diet or lifestyle and with little scrutiny on the medicines’ listed side effects. Thanks to our system of medical education, that’s all they’re trained to do.
The most current prescription count from the Kaiser Family Foundation reports U.S. doctors wrote over 4 billion, 65 million, (4,065,479,343) medicine prescriptions in 2016. A billion is 1,000 million.
Keep in mind that over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical medicines aren’t included in these adverse medicine reaction (ADR) tallies. But they do exist.
For example, OTC painkillers containing acetamenophin as its active ingredient (Tylenol, etc) overdosing accounts for over 50,000 ER visits annually and almost 500 deaths annually.
Acetamenophin is a liver toxin, that hampers liver health long term if not overdosed to create acute liver toxicity. Yet it’s approved by the FDA for pain and fever relief in both OTC and prescription medicines
This Legalized Criminal Drug Cartel Involves the Government and Mainstream Media
The FDA uses a few million from its billions from the pharmaceutical industry and federal funds to actively pursue banning various supplements or alternative practices. This helps Big Pharma maintain its medical monopoly that excludes all other non-medicine treatments. The similarity with organized crime is obvious, with the FDA as the Godfather.
Mainstream media is so pleased with the millions received from pharmaceutical advertising and commercials that its science journalists usually praise and never criticize mainstream medicine or pharmaceutical medications. Instead, they question supplements, colloidal silver, and natural medical practices.
The pharmaceutical industry spends millions for direct medicine advertising to consumers. This is pervasively influential with TV commercials (ask your doctor about …) with all those smiling happy folks enjoying life again after their miseries had been removed by the medicine advertised. Only the USA and New Zealand allow this level of advertising pharmaceutical medicines.
The Pharmaceutical industry spends millions lobbying Congressional members and high ranking local politicians. Their estimated $240 million, almost a quarter-billion dollars, ranks as the most any one industry spends to influence legislation or government policy.
The Pharmaceutical Industry Wins Big Even When Heavily Fined
A 2010 report titled “Rapidly Increasing Criminal and Civil Monetary Penalties Against the Pharmaceutical Industry: 1991 to 2010” listed several reasons high justifiable penalties and fines were levied on the largest medicine companies on the planet.
This report expressed some concern that fines and penalties have not been commiserate with medicine sales revenues in America that had gone from $40 billion in 1990 to $234 billion in 2008.
Even with several government fines, civil legal settlements, and the occasional huge fine, such as Pfizer’s $2.3 billion settlement with the Justice and Health and Human Services departments of the federal government in 2009, pharmaceutical companies are not deterred one bit.
The pharmaceutical industry absorbs large fines as the cost of doing business because they make much more each year than the largest of fines, lawsuit settlements, and legal expenses.
After several years of many adverse medicine reactions and deaths are reported with many pain and suffering lawsuits settled, the medicine company has already made its billions. This “cost of business” is well worth the profits for a business that holds profits and investor shareholders above public health.
Only after medicine makers’ high profits are able to easily handle the accrued fines and personal injury lawsuits, does a medicine get pulled off the market or the FDA puts their most severe black box warning on it, which many doctors may not notice or simply ignore.
One example of many disasters caused by bogus studies and industry ghost written promotional articles signed by doctors paid by Big Pharma was the disastrous Vioxx scandal perpetrated by Merck Pharmaceutical. Vioxx, intended as a painkiller in 1999 was eventually blamed for over 60,000 deaths, mostly from cardiac failure.
It was taken off the market in 2004, five years and 60,000 deaths later, not by the FDA, but by Merck, probably because the lawsuits were mounting and the PR was pretty negative. Merck’s Vioxx settlements totaled $95 million in 2011. It was a worthwhile cost of business as Merck had profited highly.
Many fraudulent studies and the use of ghostwriters to boost sales were discovered in the aftermath. The New England Journal of Medicine admitted to publishing an erroneous, biased Vioxx study, and someone who was published as an author of a 2003 Vioxx study confessed he had little to do with the research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Despite the huge medical expense of its “healthcare” system, USA national health statistics rank below 16 other rich nations according to a large 2013 National Research Council’s.
Using media deceit and political influence to make big money from expensive medicines that don’t heal but instead worsen consumers’ health and keep them coming back for more because other options are suppressed is a crime against humanity.
An interesting short video on the FDA-Big Pharma relationship can be viewed here.
Acetamenopnin reactions – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16294364