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72 Page Document Shows Merck Paid Doctors at Least $18,810,495.52

Merck pays big money to doctors for speaking about their products.

Sometimes gems are difficult to come by. However, when we find them, just clean them up a bit and we can appreciate their ‘real value’.  The little treasure I discovered was a document located on Merck Pharmaceutical’s website. It disclosed how much Merck paid doctors as speaking fees in the third and fourth quarter of 2009 alone.

The 72-page document is titled, “Merck & Co., Inc., Disclosure of Payments to U.S. Speakers for Promotional (non-CME) Medical Education Activities conducted in 3Q and 4Q 2009.” And, according to my calculations the sum was a hefty $18,810,495.52. [1]

Keep in mind that, that amount is just for speaking fees!

You may be wondering why this information was made available.

Merck said it was because of transparency. According to one article, “[Merck] has started disclosing payments to U.S.-based medical and scientific professionals who speak on behalf of our company or our products.” [2]

It’s a good start, but apparently the reports were going to be available annually thereafter (July 1, 2009). Well, where are they?  It is now 2012.

 

Document Shows Heavy Vaccine Promotion

Have you ever wondered why some doctors may be so rabidly in favor of promoting vaccines?  Or, haven’t you considered that aspect?  Well, here’s the answer:  Pharmaceutical companies pay doctors to talk about the ‘problem.

Not only is it subtle, it’s legal and has financial rewards.

For example, Merck was pushing two new vaccines: Gardasil and Rotateq. After filtering the results in the PDF file for the terms, “HPV, Vaccine, and Rotavirus” the total amount paid came to $2,313,942.81.

Let’s do something mathematically radical. Since Merck reported numbers for only half the year, I’m going double the amount they paid to see what a year’s worth could possibly be.

This would mean Merck spent roughly $4,627,885.62 to encourage doctors to promote their solutions/products, which definitely include vaccines. After reading this, aren’t you sick to your stomach thinking about the ‘Ask Your Doctor’ commercials? I know I am.

But what does this all mean?

 

‘Rotten to the Core’

Think about this, parents. Who do you trust for reliable information? Maybe a better question would be, “Can you trust pharmaceutical companies?”

Outside of the money being doled out to doctors, consider other ways Big Pharma uses its money.  Here are some other examples:

  • Julie Gerberding, former head of the Centers for Disease Control, paved the way for eventual approval for Merck’s Gardasil vaccine, guaranteeing billions in profits for her future employer. After her tenure at the CDC, she became President of the Vaccine Division at Merck Pharmaceuticals.  [3]
  • Dr. Paul Offit [4] is often seen in the media promoting vaccines as being safe. As a matter of fact, he states children can safely get up to 10,000 of them. [5][6] What isn’t often discussed is the royalties he made from vaccine sales.
  • Dr. Andrew Wakefield identified the measles virus from the MMR vaccine in the intestines of autistic children. For his reward, this heroic doctor was stricken from the medical registry. Furthermore, his professional reputation was targeted to be destroyed. One website details how Merck deals with doctors who threaten vaccine profits. They say, “Court evidence now available on-line at the University of California library shows drug giant Merck systematically targetted [sic] “hit-lists” of doctors to discredit, neutralise or destroy critics of the safety and effectiveness of Merck’s drugs… One memo stated: ’we may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live….’” [7]

 

Summary

Parents want healthy children and straight answers from their pediatricians, the CDC and FDA. Do you think your doctor really believes what he or she is telling you, regarding vaccines? Or, were they paid to believe it? As it stands now, most doctors will deny vaccines have any contributory role in autism or can cause harm.

At the very least, this little document shines sunlight on what many parents of vaccine injured children have been saying all the while: Maybe it’s the cost of keeping the herd quiet.

 

“Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. . . .” -Bertrand Russell,1953

 

Sources:

[1] Merck & Co., Inc., Disclosure of Payments to U.S. Speakers for Promotional (non-CME) Medical Education Activities conducted in 3Q and 4Q 2009. http://www.merck.com/corporate-responsibility/docs/business-ethics-transparency/3Q09-Transparency-Report.pdf (Accessed 01/07/2012)

[2] Merck Statement on U.S. Speaker Fees.  http://www.fiercebiotech.com/press-releases/merck-statement-u-s-speaker-fees (Accessed 01/07/2012)

[3] Julie Gerberding. http://vactruth.com/2010/01/04/julie-gerberding-primed-big-pharmas-pump-with-flu-and-hpv-vaccines/

[4] Paul Offit. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Offit (Accessed 01/07/2012)

[5]Paul Offit says children can get 10,000 vaccines. http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/05/paul-offits-10000-vaccines-and-the-milgram-experiment.html (Accessed 01/07/2012)

[6] http://www.whale.to/vaccines/offit23.html (Accessed 01/07/2012)

[7] Memo from Merck discussing how to destroy doctors. http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2009/10/12/merckdestroydoccritics/ (Accessed 01/07/2012)

 

Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley

Jeffry John Aufderheide
 

Jeffry John Aufderheide is the father of a child injured as a result of vaccination. As editor of VacTruth.com, he promotes well-educated health professionals, informed consent, and full disclosure and accountability of adverse reactions to vaccines.

  • Excellent article, Jeffry!  A gem indeed.

  • Ccgerman59

    Excellent article, indeed. Money seems to extinguish pediatrician’s conscience and our Government gave them a free pass on responsibility. Whatever happened to the old caring doctor that you could rely on no matter what? One honest word from our (phony) pediatrician and my grand-daughter would not have been vaccinated and we could have avoided a whole lot of heartache. Thankfully, our little one is improving but we don’t know what the future will hold for her. Hopefully, a 100% recovery!
    If we could take the profit out of vaccines and remove the immunity from prosecution, we would quickly see a lot of pediatricians not vaccinating. It always boils down to the cash…..and babies are injured or dying. Insanity!

  • Fabia

    On another somewhat related issue regarding this debate.  The vaccine was rolled out on the basis of cervix cancer only.  Education is limited to HPV and preventing cervix cancer.  I had to fight with the other pharma company, who was in contention for the UK NHS contract to provide the vaccine, to ask them to also mention pre-cancer cells of the vulva – something that can lead on to vulva cancer. In the UK VIN is rapidly on the increase and one doctor informs me that we could be looking at an epidemic.  There is an entire population of young women in the UK who do not qualify for the vaccine and who may, at some time be at risk of VIN.  Another doctor tells me that it will take 50 years for the vaccine to reduce the incidence of VIN by 40%.  What we need here is not only education and transparity on the vaccine but more awareness of vulva health risks for women.  Not a popular subject by any means but would you want your daughter, mother, aunt, grandmother, sister to get VIN and then find that medics do not easily recognise this condition and diagnosis can be delayed above 5 years.  Would love your comments.
    Vulval Health Awareness Campaign.  UK based campaigning for Worldwide action.

  • Fabia

    On another somewhat related issue regarding this debate.  The vaccine was rolled out on the basis of cervix cancer only.  Education is limited to HPV and preventing cervix cancer.  I had to fight with the other pharma company, who was in contention for the UK NHS contract to provide the vaccine, to ask them to also mention pre-cancer cells of the vulva – something that can lead on to vulva cancer. In the UK VIN is rapidly on the increase and one doctor informs me that we could be looking at an epidemic.  There is an entire population of young women in the UK who do not qualify for the vaccine and who may, at some time be at risk of VIN.  Another doctor tells me that it will take 50 years for the vaccine to reduce the incidence of VIN by 40%.  What we need here is not only education and transparity on the vaccine but more awareness of vulva health risks for women.  Not a popular subject by any means but would you want your daughter, mother, aunt, grandmother, sister to get VIN and then find that medics do not easily recognise this condition and diagnosis can be delayed above 5 years.  Would love your comments.
    Vulval Health Awareness Campaign.  UK based campaigning for Worldwide action.

  • Extremely interesting article thank you Jeffry!

    Norway is a small country but is strongly involved in connection with vaccine promotion. There are close connections between the pharmaceutical industry, the Norwegian health authorities, doctors, research workers and institutions.

    In June 2010 a revealing article by Christina England was published concerning experts connected to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health who received payment from Merck for advising the government to introduce Gardasil in the childrens’ vaccination program:

    http://vactruth.com/2010/06/28/merck-paying-experts-gardasil/

  • AussieMum

    Are we really that surprised?

    Mum to vaccine injured son.

  • AussieMum

    Are we really that surprised?

    Mum to vaccine injured son.

  • Catherine J Frompovich

    I know my comment probably won’t sit well, will be considered off the wall, nor be accepted, but I think I need to offer it for what it may be worth.  Vulva health problems inadvertently may stem from oral sex.  What may not be associated with vulva health problems is the possible role of fluoride (a protoplasmic poison) found in toothpastes, mouthwashes, and dental applications.  The vulva is very delicate tissue.  You state that in the UK VIN “is rapidly on the increase.”  If you are a VIN health researcher or advocate, maybe you will want to start including personal sex habits questions in a survey of those afflicted with VIN along with other survey questions that may lead either to an answer or to prevention, I suggest.  Oral sex presents many health challenges that most don’t realize.  Personally, I’d like to see an educational campaign about that begin.

  • Thank you, Marcella.

  • Thank you – the feedback from other countries is valuable because it shows the significant influence of pharma extends well beyond the U.S. / U.K. borders.

  • Certainly not. It angers me so many children have to be harmed (including my own) until we ‘get it’. My hope is this type of information assists parents to investigate vaccines before they inject their child. Thank you for reading…

  • If doctors accept money from pharmaceutical companies, they ought to be compelled to disclose their allegiances to parents. Best of luck recovering your little one – she is fortunate to have a very caring family!

  • Chistina128

    Another excellent article from Jeff. Merck is just one pharmaceutical company using these tactics.I feel that is extremely important that parents are aware that doctors are being paid to vaccinate children.

    The pharmaceutical industry also pays athletes and celebrities to promote vaccinations and medications for them

    http://homepages.rpi.edu/~woodhe/pdfs/tvdrug.pdf

    Christina

  • Chistina128

    Another excellent article from Jeff. Merck is just one pharmaceutical company using these tactics.I feel that is extremely important that parents are aware that doctors are being paid to vaccinate children.

    The pharmaceutical industry also pays athletes and celebrities to promote vaccinations and medications for them

    http://homepages.rpi.edu/~woodhe/pdfs/tvdrug.pdf

    Christina

  • Laraine Abbey

    Wondering if readers are familiar with Dr. Marcia Angel’s blockbuster book, The Truth About the Drug Companies:  How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It.

    Marcia Angell’s book jacket says, “during her two decades at
    The New England Journal of Medicine [as chief editor]
    had a front-row seat on the growing corruption of the pharmaceutical
    industry.”Big Pharma is a snake-pit.  We need to get the FTC to rescind pharmaceutical company  advertising to the public at large.

  • Lydia L Jones

    Good find. Thank you for sharing this.  I always knew the doctors are biased and corrupt, just did not know by “how much”.  Now I do.  Scary…
    These BP goons are a full scale mafia.  Julie Gerberding is a despicable specimen of humanity whose priorities are, obviously, against humanity and focused on lining her, and her bosses’, pockets with money that comes from misery of so many people affected by bought-and-paid-for doctors.  They should change the Hippocratic Oath to a Hypocritical one.

  • Informed consent should not be a fight to the death!

  • Anonymous

    Great post ,
    It was really helpful to solve my confusion,

    General and Cosmetic Dentistry
     

  • Anonymous

    Great post ,
    It was really helpful to solve my confusion,

    General and Cosmetic Dentistry
     

  • Anonymous

    Great post ,
    It was really helpful to solve my confusion,

    General and Cosmetic Dentistry
     

  • Anonymous

    Great post ,
    It was really helpful to solve my confusion,

    General and Cosmetic Dentistry
     

  • altmom

    Found the 2010 & 2011 “Transparency Reports” here: http://www.merckresponsibility.com/priorities-and-performance/ethics-and-transparency/transparency-disclosures/payments-to-us-based-healthcare-professionals/home.html
    Don’t have time to total these figures right now but thought I would share them. IMO these reports are sooooo vague, for being ‘transparent’ as they say…

  • Guest

    I wish this information was available 14 – 15 years ago. My son received his series vaccines for his 3 month old well-child visit. We went home and by the time I got him and his older sister upstairs he started having a severe reaction including a fever over 103*F, immense swelling & redness at the injection site of a DTP shot. I called the Doctor’s office and they were no help. When his fever finally came down, the very next day, my son was no longer the same boy. He no longer behaved the way he had before… By the time he was a year old I really began to worry, but no answers could be given to me, no explanations. Finally when he was almost 3 years old, after seeing several Doctors, specialists, and a neurologist… My son was diagnosed with Autism. NO ONE can tell me it wasn’t the vaccines. I KNOW for a FACT that it was when he received that series of vaccines he reacted so severely to, when he became Autistic. I did my research, went to seminars, conventions, talked with specialists, even went to college to learn more… I discovered the discusting truth- our children are being poisoned. The agent that is used as a preservative in these vaccines main ingredient is MERCURY! An extremely toxic and dangerous substance. Well, over the years I saved every last bit of my research and presented it to my sons Doctor so that he could see for himself what these injections of garbage are doing, what is in them, WHY it is harmful. Every one of my children are exempt from vaccines now and never again will I allow any of my descendants be injected with poison. Every day I have the opportunity to, I do the best I can to inform other parents about the dangers of vaccines with the hope that maybe I can do my part to prevent other children from having to experience the horrors of vaccine injuries.

  • Guest

    I wish this information was available 14 – 15 years ago. My son received his series vaccines for his 3 month old well-child visit. We went home and by the time I got him and his older sister upstairs he started having a severe reaction including a fever over 103*F, immense swelling & redness at the injection site of a DTP shot. I called the Doctor’s office and they were no help. When his fever finally came down, the very next day, my son was no longer the same boy. He no longer behaved the way he had before… By the time he was a year old I really began to worry, but no answers could be given to me, no explanations. Finally when he was almost 3 years old, after seeing several Doctors, specialists, and a neurologist… My son was diagnosed with Autism. NO ONE can tell me it wasn’t the vaccines. I KNOW for a FACT that it was when he received that series of vaccines he reacted so severely to, when he became Autistic. I did my research, went to seminars, conventions, talked with specialists, even went to college to learn more… I discovered the discusting truth- our children are being poisoned. The agent that is used as a preservative in these vaccines main ingredient is MERCURY! An extremely toxic and dangerous substance. Well, over the years I saved every last bit of my research and presented it to my sons Doctor so that he could see for himself what these injections of garbage are doing, what is in them, WHY it is harmful. Every one of my children are exempt from vaccines now and never again will I allow any of my descendants be injected with poison. Every day I have the opportunity to, I do the best I can to inform other parents about the dangers of vaccines with the hope that maybe I can do my part to prevent other children from having to experience the horrors of vaccine injuries.

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