This Pharma Company Admits to $2 Million in Bribes to Government and Health Officials

Pharmaceutical corporations use their money to buy influence with doctors.

Do you have a free “Get Out of Jail” card? Apparently Big Pharma does, let me explain.

Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reported Pfizer using its influential money to bribe foreign governments and their health officials. The apparent goal was to use Pfizer’s money to create unfair economic advantages in the market to peddle their pharmaceuticals and vaccines.[1]

Pfizer, fortunately, was caught doing their shady backroom deals in Bulgaria, Croatia, Kazakhstan, and Russia, which violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). [2]

The DOJ report stated, “Corrupt pay-offs to foreign officials in order to secure lucrative contracts creates an inherently uneven marketplace and puts honest companies at a disadvantage,” said Assistant Director McJunkin.  “Those that attempt to make these illegal backroom deals to influence contract procurement can expect to be investigated by the FBI and appropriately held responsible for their actions.” [1]

In this case, it seems the influence-buying pharmaceutical companies get away with being fined only $45 million in fines, which amounts to a financial slap on the wrist! Money  seems to be their  free “Get Out of Jail” card.

You should know this is not an isolated incident; it’s the tip of the proverbial influence-buying iceberg. Bribery from Big Pharma in the United States, however, takes on a more subtle form or ‘style’.

 

YOUR Pediatrician and Family DOCTOR Have A PRICE

Here is the apparently brutal truth: “bribery” takes place in the United States in the legal form of speaking fees, plus your doctor may be on Big Pharma’s payroll.  Should we consider Congressional lobbying money too?

For example, in 2009 Merck released a 72-page document showing they paid doctors at least $18,810,495.52 –close to $19 million—in the third and fourth quarters of that year for medical doctors to speak favorably about their pills and vaccines.[3] Additionally, Pro Repulica’s  “Dollar for Docs” project shows at least $761.3 million had been paid to doctors across the United States. [4] Where does Pharma get their money?  Is it from Medicare, Medicaid, and prescription drugs they prescribe, often needlessly?

But the larger question is why do pharmaceutical companies “bribe” doctors? The apparent reason can be summarized in one word:  authority.

Because a doctor has an M.D. attached to his or her name and wears a white coat, 65% of the people will follow their orders without asking questions. [5] Pharma wants their products to be on the tip of every doctor’s tongue to recommend Pharma’s  particular “solution” for all of your or your family’s problems.

Truly, there is a pill for every ill; a drug for every bug. Sounds like a mantra, doesn’t it?

Because doctors are on Pharma’s payroll parents should be extremely concerned about  U.S. government agencies, i.e., Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, who apparently are doing business with pharmaceutical companies that engage in apparent criminal activities, e.g., violating FCPA.

 

DOES THE U.S. GOVERNMENT DO BUSINESS WITH CRIMINAL COMPANIES?

Do the CDC and FDA transact business with companies found guilty and fined for breaking the law?  Given Big Pharma’s involvement with vaccines and drugs, that is a very relevant question.

Here is what we know that needs to be evaluated in light of the above information about doctors’ Big Pharma payouts.

  • The CDC recommends at least 3 pneumococcal vaccines for each child before 6 months of age. [6]
  • Pfizer has contract #200-2012-50135 with the CDC [7,8]
  • The contract is worth $8,386,013.00, to manufacture the Prevnar 13 (a pneumococcal vaccine) [8]
  • The vaccine is priced at $102.03 a vaccine. [7,8]

See the CDC’s vaccine price list here: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/cdc-vac-price-list.htm

See Pfizer’s contract with the CDC here: www.hhs.gov/open/recordsandreports/prevention/solicitations/pediatric_vaccines_071912.pdf

See the Department of Justice press release about Pfizer here: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/August/12-crm-980.html

 

Of course, the above incident is not isolated to Pfizer alone. You can find similar information on Merck, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis – all of whom have contracts with the CDC and a presence on the Department of Justice Website.

CAVEAT EMPTOR – BUYER BEWARE!

Pharmaceutical companies have a keen interest in making sure their products are marketed, and either injected into or consumed by your family. The best way to do that is to influence doctors, health administrators, and politicians with money to make exceptions for their products. [1, 3, 4, 9]

At the end of the day, you should know that vaccine manufacturers are not responsible if or when vaccines kill or maim your child! [10]

Parents can ignore the Department of Justice (DOJ) reports at their own peril. If vaccines and pharmaceuticals really were the “Wonder Drugs” they are touted to be, what purposes do Big Pharma have using their money for apparent bribery, including lobbying members of Congress?

Do you think pharmaceutical companies care if you or your children are healthy or not, just as long as they can get government agencies and doctors to keep injecting your child with vaccines that are not tested for safety, non-cancer causing agents, or unknown viruses? And so it will continue – the apparent criminal manipulation of healthcare markets and medical men and women – until you recognize the game for what it really is.

 

References:

  1. http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/August/12-crm-980.html
  2. http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa/
  3. http://vactruth.com/2012/01/09/document-shows-merck-paid-doctors/
  4. http://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment
  6. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/child-adolescent.html
  7. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/cdc-vac-price-list.htm
  8. www.hhs.gov/open/recordsandreports/prevention/solicitations/pediatric_vaccines_071912.pdf
  9. http://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/indusclient.php?id=H04
  10. http://www.nvic.org/injury-compensation/origihanlaw.aspx

 

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  • Antieugenist

    I googled the 15 biggest pharmaceutical companies using their name and then “fined for”and it turned out that all of them had been fined , many of them for identical criminal acts in most cases it was in connection with mind altering drugs. I look at these fines as just bribery so the government will allow them to continue business as usual.

  • Davidjohnkenna

    Getting the message across about vaccines and other drugs produced by Pharma along with the appalling adverse effects and the fact that most of them them don’t work is not an easy 
    task. What I would be interested in knowing is how other people fare with this task? What are
    the challenges involved? How is that with some people it’s like pushing at an open door with others its a very steep uphill climb? And even if they appear to agree that there are problems
    what can they do about it? Consider the question ” To vax or not to vax”? Drawing attention to the ingredients, the poisons, the fact that they don’t work and cause people to get the very disease they are supposed to protect against will work for some people but it is a level of detail
    which few are bothered to look at? Then there are those objections of a more general nature such as vaxes wiped out polio, or smallpox, they work! Then there are those who rely on studies.. they often fail to recognise that the studies are done by the manufacturers of the vaccines and are more than likely falsified to get drug approval. Of course some are shills and
    it is important to be able to judge between a shill and a genuine person. Often people without
    children have little interest in the issues. But underneath all these varied objections is the
    security that people attach to their views of doctors and Pharma. Where do they go if you
    undermine these beliefs and values? They don’t know about naturopathy or other approaches
    which puts them back into the position of “better the devil you know than some unknown
    approach which is not approved by the FDA? Reminds me of a story… apparently true 
    about Marshall Mc Luhan.. of The Medium is the Message fame… he sent in his manuscript to a publisher and some weeks later received the reply that “this book has too many new ideas our readers like about 8 or 9 maximum” the “too many notes problem” which Mozart encountered… it is worth considering what is the right balance of new ideas when communicating about any subject….there is in my experience no one answer to this challening
    communication issue.. what are other peoples experiences? 

  • SADHU-VEDANT-MUNI

    it is true that the doctors are the elder brother of  a messenger of the god of death.because  a messenger of the god of the death takes only life but doctor takes money and life. it is a clandestine nexus is there. pharma, doctor, supplier and retailer are cheating and looting us. being the non technical  we are cheated by every corners. doctors have no sympathy. previously it is a service now it is a profession.profession without ethics.if they found guilty must be punished RI WITH HEAVY PENALTIES.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lowell-Hubbs/1285214003 Lowell Hubbs

    Department of Justice
    Office of Public Affairs

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, July 2, 2012

    GlaxoSmithKline to Plead Guilty and Pay $3 Billion to Resolve Fraud Allegations and Failure to Report Safety Data

    Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement in U.S. History

    http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/July/12-civ-842.html

    Merck vaccine fraud exposed by two Merck virologists; company faked mumps vaccine efficacy results for over a decade, says lawsuit

    Excerpts:

    • Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test results to fabricate a “95% efficacy rate.”

    • In order to do this, Merck spiked the blood test with animal antibodies in order to artificially inflate the appearance of immune system antibodies. As reported in CourthouseNews.com:

    Merck also added animal antibodies to blood samples to achieve more favorable test results, though it knew that the human immune system would never produce such antibodies, and that the antibodies created a laboratory testing scenario that “did not in any way correspond to, correlate with, or represent real life … virus neutralization in vaccinated people,” according to the complaint. (http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/06/27/47851.htm)

    • Merck then used the falsified trial results to swindle the U.S. government out of “hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization.”

    • Merck’s vaccine fraud has actually contributed to the continuation of mumps across America, causing more children to become infected with mumps. (Gee, really? This is what NaturalNews has been reporting for years… vaccines are actually formulated to keep the outbreaks going because it’s great for repeat business!)

    • Merck used its false claims of “95 percent effectiveness” to monopolize the vaccine market and eliminate possible competitors.

    • The Merck vaccine fraud has been going on since the late 1990’s, say the Merck virologists.

    • Testing of Merck’s vaccine was never done against “real-world” mumps viruses in the wild. Instead, test results were simply falsified to achieve the desired outcome.

    • This entire fraud took place “with the knowledge, authority and approval of Merck’s senior management.”

    • Merck scientists “witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings,” according to court documents (see below).

    US government chose to ignore the 2010 False Claims Act!

    Rather than taking action on this false claims act, the U.S. government simply ignored it, thereby protecting Merck’s market monopoly instead of properly serving justice. This demonstrates the conspiracy of fraud between the U.S. government, FDA regulators and the vaccine industry.

    Chatom Primary Care sues Merck for Sherman Act monopolization, breach of warranty, violation of consumer protection laws

    Read more:
    http://www.naturalnews.com/036328_Merck_mumps_vaccine_False_Claims_Act.html

    And these are the pharmaceutical companies entrusted to provide so called ‘safe and effective vaccines for Americas families, and in fact the worlds children? Wow.

    And these same companies have been protected legally now since the 1987, from any and all vaccine injuries, and that through the federal, National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. An very insensitive and limited program as to what is accepted, federal vaccine court system that takes years to see any potential settlement. There are numerous cases turned away. The pharmaceutical companies of course have high rolling attorneys to fight the nasty parents, who dare to say their child was injured by a chemically and biologically toxic and potentially contaminated vaccine.

    National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
    http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/data.html

    Such as Merck for one example; first the Vioxx deadly scandal; then it was on to fast tracking in 2006, the now know dangerous and at times deadly Gardasil. Endless numbers of young women no disabled by unrecovered from neurological outcomes, also known as new medical conditions. And they still keep on promoting as necessary and as still safe and effective, both Gardasil in the US, and GSK’s Cervarix in other countries as well; both with nearly identical outcomes as to the harm. What would be enough to get those vaccines off the market? Obviously nothing.

    Truth About Gardasil
    http://truthaboutgardasil.org/

    Sane Vax
    http://sanevax.org/

    More personal accounts of the harmhttp://www.kkrasnowwaterman.com/blog/tabid/2962/bid/5747/HPV-vaccine-Gardasil-Seizures-Fainting-Paralyis-Updated-Chart.aspx

    A person could ask why has not the DOJ entered the picture on either the Merck mumps portion of the MMR vaccine fraud, or as well in regard to Gardasil? Why is it that going after the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, is seemingly off the table, for anyone anywhere; no matter what? Why is it that no one in an any authority status, will even touch the issues with vaccines. Why is not the US Congress doing anything to hold some hearings. What? They would’t be necessary? From the looks of it if they weren’t getting paid off by the pharma contributions and influenced by the swarms of pharma lobbyists; maybe something could get done? 

    Pharmaceutical lobby    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pharmaceutical_lobbyLobbyists Spend Millions to Influence Health Care
     http://voices.washingtonpost.com/health-care-reform/2009/07/health_care_continues_its_inte.htmlNew disclosure reports that began arriving Monday in Congress showed familiar players at the top of the health-care influence heap, including $6.2 million in lobbying by the dominant Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and $4 million by the American Medical Association.

    Many health companies and associations increased their first-quarter lobbying expenditures, sometimes dramatically. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association upped its lobbying expenditures by a full million, to 2.8 million dollars in the second quarter; GlaxoSmithKline’s spending jumped from $1.8 million to $2.3 million; Novartis grew from $1.4 million to $1.8 million; and Metlife Group reported $1.7 million, up nearly 50 percent. Allstate, which spent less than $900,000 on lobbying through March, boosted its spending to more than $1.5 million from April to June.

    Others simply kept up the pace, including Johnson & Johnson at $1.6 million and America’s Health Insurance Plans and Bayer Corp. both approaching $2 million in spending from April to June. The AMA has spent a total of $8.2 million on lobbying through June of this year.So, we can easily see here that everything to do with vaccines is controlled by power, control and money; pharmaceutical profits. The FDA is nothing but a revolving door with the pharma industry, and as well similar those at the top within the CDC. Former head of CDC lands lucrative job as president of Merck vaccine division  http://www.naturalnews.com/027789_Dr_Julie_Gerberding_Merck.html

    And the vaccine pushers claim that there should not be any vaccine exemptions available for anyone? The recent statements by Paul Offit as well indicate that he feels even religious exemptions should be needed.

    http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2012/08/26/paul-offit-threatens-religious-and-philosphical-vaccine-exemptions-a-respose-by-suzanne-humphries-md/

    We are definitely in very perilous times for families and their children! They know how strong the vaccine truth movement is getting, and they will do anything to push that back. I don’t know what you think, but i think that is flat out, SICK.

  • Christina England

    Brilliant well researched article. Thank you Jeff.

    Very few people know or take on board that governments, big pharma and the medical profession work hand in hand. How many times do we see a man or women in the medical surgery with a big black brief case?

    Big Pharma + Big Governments = Big Trouble!

    Christina

  • Seasidenaturalhealth

    I the book I have published, Mark of the Beast Hidden in Plain Sight, I trace out the Eli Lilly
    Get Out Of Jail Free” card that the republicans got for Eli Lilly.If you remember, as a sitting president and at the same time on the baord of directors for Eli Lilly, Bush 1 was able to  many child hood vaccines onto the schedule.The damage from thimerasol in those vaccines that Eli Lilly made was wiped right off the map with the Republicans like Majority Leader Dr. Frist-who was then also equally rewarded with Eli Lilly purchasing 5,000 copies of Dr. Frist book in order to help “pay back” for his help on the ELI LILLY GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD. ALso A few Republican legislators were responsible for helping to try and state mandate vaccines (Perry in Texas is just one of at least 3). Advocating vaccinating our children into disease for the sole purpose of money but under the guise that this is “important public health measures” . Also, in the book, the US Government listed Pfizer as “too big to fail” and thusly allowed them to have a phony corporation take the fall for their malfeasance so as not to actually discipline the Big Harma. Merck has an actual “doctors hit list” and today we see Bill Gates designing a way to “neutralize anti vaccinologists”. Mercks purpose was to neutralize doctors who spoke out against vaccines. Bill Gates who now vaccinates the worlds children into disease and sees them even in the face of impoverishment and mal nutrition being jabbed with harmas snake oils, sees that the Harma industry is renumberated for those vaccines. Interestingly, Gates never was involved in this until he met with the US Dept of Treasury behind closed doors in his Microsoft Monopoly Case.Bill Gates is the biggest money changer of all times getting lots  and lots and lots of money for the harma industry which is by the way where the US Government is highly invested. Our Social Security Fund is invested into the drug and biotech industries. It is EXACTLY this conflict of interest that makes our government the purveyor of snake oils and genetically engineered everything in order to get return on their “investment” they can even force the use of those deadly products. read more in the book, Mark of the Beast Hidden in Plain Sight, by Dr. Jordan

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ivan-Namrehs/100001809384943 Ivan Namrehs

    Psychotropic drugs may be even more dangerous than vaccines.  The biggest consumer is the military and now suicides exceed battle deaths.  How many senseless crimes are the result of the use of these drugs?

    Vaccine danger may come from the preservatives used in multiple dose containers.  Preservatives aren’t used in single dose ampules.  Insist on those.

    There is a possible solution:  Buy the companies.  These criminal organizations are public corporatiions, which means anyone can buy a share of their stock.  Stockholders have a vested interest in the operation of the companies.  Get five million people to buy just one share of, say PFE.  Five million shareholders can have a bigger influence than one board member with ten million shares.  Violation of the FCPA threatens the profitability of the company, so sue the board and have the offenders removed.  We can change the way these companies operate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ivan-Namrehs/100001809384943 Ivan Namrehs

    Psychotropic drugs may be even more dangerous than vaccines.  The biggest consumer is the military and now suicides exceed battle deaths.  How many senseless crimes are the result of the use of these drugs?

    Vaccine danger may come from the preservatives used in multiple dose containers.  Preservatives aren’t used in single dose ampules.  Insist on those.

    There is a possible solution:  Buy the companies.  These criminal organizations are public corporatiions, which means anyone can buy a share of their stock.  Stockholders have a vested interest in the operation of the companies.  Get five million people to buy just one share of, say PFE.  Five million shareholders can have a bigger influence than one board member with ten million shares.  Violation of the FCPA threatens the profitability of the company, so sue the board and have the offenders removed.  We can change the way these companies operate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ivan-Namrehs/100001809384943 Ivan Namrehs

    It isn’t as simple as Republican/Democrat, both sides play the game.  This spring even the Supreme Court sided with Big Pharma.  Now the pharmacuetical records produced by pharmacies are available to Big P.  Now they can see which doctors prescribe which drugs.  They can use that information to punish doctors with Certification reviews that don’t push their product.  It is probably part of the Obamacare Bill, which includes questions doctors must ask patients about gun ownership.  Imagine that!  Doctors will be part of the suspension of the Second Amendment.  Who knows what other evils are contained in the Obamacare Bill?  I’ll bet Congress doesn’t.

  • Brendan D. Murphy

    Hi Jeffry, great work exposing these liars and thieves for what they are. Have you read Sol Luckman’s book Potentiate Your DNA? I mention it since your bio says your child was vaccine injured. I strongly recommend Luckman’s sound-based DNA activations for anyone, but especially someone who has been injured by vaccines. I am a researcher and author and have had Potentiation done (I did my own following the instructions in the abovementioned book.) 8-)

    Best regards and keep on raising awareness,

    Brendan

    http://www.facebook.com/The.Grand.Illusion.Books

  • Brendan D. Murphy

    Hi Jeffry, great work exposing these liars and thieves for what they are. Have you read Sol Luckman’s book Potentiate Your DNA? I mention it since your bio says your child was vaccine injured. I strongly recommend Luckman’s sound-based DNA activations for anyone, but especially someone who has been injured by vaccines. I am a researcher and author and have had Potentiation done (I did my own following the instructions in the abovementioned book.) 8-)

    Best regards and keep on raising awareness,

    Brendan

    http://www.facebook.com/The.Grand.Illusion.Books

  • Brendan D. Murphy

    Hi Jeffry, great work exposing these liars and thieves for what they are. Have you read Sol Luckman’s book Potentiate Your DNA? I mention it since your bio says your child was vaccine injured. I strongly recommend Luckman’s sound-based DNA activations for anyone, but especially someone who has been injured by vaccines. I am a researcher and author and have had Potentiation done (I did my own following the instructions in the abovementioned book.) 8-)

    Best regards and keep on raising awareness,

    Brendan

    http://www.facebook.com/The.Grand.Illusion.Books

  • http://vactruth.com Jeffry John Aufderheide

    Thank you Christina. Their influence is like an octopus with its tentacles into most areas of government.

  • http://vactruth.com Jeffry John Aufderheide

    Hi Sea SideNatural – Dr. Patricia Jordan wrote about this and I believe also David Kirby mentions it in his book, Evidence of Harm.

    Thank you for the thoughtful comment.

  • http://vactruth.com Jeffry John Aufderheide

    Thank you for recommending Sol Luckman’s book – I have not heard of it until now. Appreciate the kind words and keep up the great work.

    Sincerely,

    Jeff

  • http://vactruth.com Jeffry John Aufderheide

    Ivan, people can always vote with their dollars. People are looking for quick solutions for pain and dis-ease. If there was more awareness of safer and natural alternatives, I believe more people would choose that option. One of the big problems I see is how pharma influences not only government, but media with their money…

  • http://vactruth.com Jeffry John Aufderheide

    Lowell, I like your posts because they have a lot of good information for parents to research. All a parent would need to do is follow up on 5 of the links you posted to validate the information. It’s mind boggling, to say the least.

    Thanks again for the great information!

  • http://vactruth.com Jeffry John Aufderheide

    Sadhu, very astute observation – and one actually not far off the mark. The rise of allopathic medicine can be traced back to Rockefeller money. You may find this piece of information relevant to your comment…

    “Many years later he [Frederick T. Gates] described the Rockefeller Institute to an audience of scientists as a “theological seminary.”…. “I am not talking about the religion,
    not of the past, but of the future,and I tell you that as this medical
    research goes on you will…promulgate…new moral laws and new social
    laws, new definitions of what is right and wrong in our relations with
    each other.”
     
    -Frederick T. Gates,Personal Adviser to John D. Rockefeller
    “William H. Welch and the Rise of Modern Medicine” pg 153

  • http://vactruth.com Jeffry John Aufderheide

    Bingo.

  • http://vactruth.com Jeffry John Aufderheide

    David, I like what you wrote about determining if a person is genuine. It’s important to look at a person’s intention.

  • Michelle

    the vaccine is priced at $102.03… Any idea the profit margin is on that?  IE what is pharma’s take home after expenses developing the vaccine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/laura.marusa Laura Marusa

    Fines as low as the one described in the article are “permits” for illegal acts.  And, who gets the money from the fines?  What happened to fair justice?