Vol.158 July, 20, 2012
David Ingram of Reuters in his article of July 3, 2012 has given us a reality check of the total disregard not only for the financial abuses of GSK, worse the lies that were told to sell their drugs to the unknowing public.
For example I have heard for many years about the kickbacks that doctors receive for pushing the drugs the pharmaceutical companies make. In Ingram’s article he mentions that it was found that the kickbacks were in the form of expensive spa treatments and meals that pharmaceutical companies pay to doctors, though I did not want to believe this to be true. This is among the many ways that GlaxosmithKline used to get doctors to prescribe their drugs.
We have spoken many times about the over prescribing of antidepressants in this blog, most especially upon realizing that they are no better than placebos in most cases. Paxil for example has only been approved for those over 18 and yet GSK seemed just fine having doctors prescribe it to those under 18. GSK also pushed Wellbutrin, another antidepressant for treatments it was never approved for such as: weight loss and treatment of sexual dysfunction.
Avandia, GSK’s drug for diabetes was released to be prescribed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because the agency never received the full safety data on the drug.
The only thing that makes my stomach turn more is realizing that GSK has the $1 billion for criminal fines and $2 billion in civil fines in its cash reserve. This is disgusting, to know that this company has made so much of a profit on their deceitful policies that paying $3 billion in this settlement will be of no real consequence to them. The money is going back to federal and state governments for being over billed for these drugs and for the years 1994 to 2003. The whistle blower will also get a substantial part of the settlement, about $96 million dollars. Worse, the people who have been adversely affected by this policies, the consumers will be getting nothing back in return.
It is well known at this point that black box labels have been placed on many of the antidepressants most especially the SSRIs because of the suicidal thoughts and violent behaviors those under 18 years of age have suffered.
One has to ask how it is that doctors are supposed to prescribe medicine for their patients when they are unable to rely on any of the data that they are basing their decision on. It leaves the population at risk because it is evident there is no way to be able to trust the pharmaceutical companies.
If you took care of your emotional issues and your eating habits through the use of hypnosis, this whole article would be of no concern to you.
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