Pharmaceutical Corruption

November 24, 2010

Since 2004, the pharmaceutical industry has paid $9 billion to settle thousands of criminal and civil complaints related to the illegal marketing of drugs that killed or injured thousands of people around the world every year.  OMSJ has described the conflicts of interest between corrupt doctors and pharmaceutical companies but has not yet produced more than a few videos about them.

In 2009, Lazarou (et al) reported that if the deaths attributed to preventable adverse drug reactions (ADRs) were reported like fatal diseases, ADRs would rank between the fourth and sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  Although the US makes war with terrorists who killed 3000+ Americans on 9/11, the drug industry profits by producing drugs that kill and injure more than 100,000 Americans every year.

The following videos help to illustrate those conflicts.  If you seek more, there are many videos posted at www.YouTube.com.

Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau – 10-year pharmaceutical rep:

Gwen Olsen – 15-year pharmaceutical rep:

Dr. John Hong outlines other problems with drug ads:

Time Magazine –  how  drug companies advertise:

CNBC  – “There are now 100,000 drug reps in the US – one for every six doctors…”

Pharma Sales Manager Clint Cora  explains how easy it is to get a high paying job to push drugs:

Former Eli Lilly drug rep explains how he kept harmful side effects of Zyprexa from doctors:

A patient explains what happened to him when he took Zyprexa:

Pharma Insider Part I – the role of drug reps – “off-label” marketing:

Pharma Insider Part II – how drug companies use “competitive intelligence” against other companies:

Drug commercial spoof by www.FoodMattersMovie.com

How corporations manipulate/kill stories (as dramatized by the movie The Insider (1999):

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