Big Pharma giant Merck has “agreed to pay $44.3 million to settle allegations that it illegally promoted one of its drugs using kickbacks to doctors.”
Federal prosecutors said the company allegedly made inappropriate payments to hundreds of doctors for prescribing its multiple sclerosis drug, Rebif, between 2002 and 2009. Merck Serono paid to send doctors to various training meetings and conferences at upscale resorts and other locations, according to the Department of Justice.
This hustle on the part of the medical establishment also resulted in false claims being filed to Medicaid and Medicare, and therefore Big Pharma’s profits are paid by you, the victims of theft who fund the medical welfare state. Here are the ultimate dangers and side effects from taking this potent drug. I’m not pro-Fed (Justice Department) by any means, but this prosecution follows similar cases against Pfizer, Eli Lilly, etc. For the most part, you can be sure that the feds only carry out these cases in circumstances where there is substantial political or special interest pressures. However, this was a whistleblower case that was leaked by a former company director.
And yes, people tend to trust their doctors, take their advice without further inquiry, and believe them to be ethical. In addition to Big Government’s bankrolling and empowerment of Big Medical, this is why the medical establishment has become unfailingly omnipotent.
6:55 pm on May 7, 2011 Email Karen De Coster