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This whole incident actually just contrives to add further weight to the argument of the highly respected magazine 'What Doctors Don't Tell You.' Back in February 2012 they led with an editorial from which I have pasted an extract below:
'... highlights two disturbing statistics about Big Pharma: in 2011, it was recorded as the most fraudulent industry group in the world, while its drugs became more lethal than traffic accidents, killing one person every 14 minutes in the United States alone.
These worrying facts beggar two obvious questions: Why hasn’t the media featured them? And why aren’t our politicians jumping up and down, demanding immediate controls?
The answer lies in another statistic from the drugs industry: for every pound and dollar it spends on research and development, it spends two on ‘promotion’, which includes political lobbying and media influence.
Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian newspaper recently accepted an undisclosed sum from the drugs industry to run a series of ‘independent’ health-policy articles.
Murdoch’s son, James, sits on the board of UK drug giant GlaxoSmithKline’s corporate responsibility committee that reviews “external issues that might have the potential for serious impact upon the group’s business and reputation”—“external issues” such as The Times, The Sun, The Sunday Times and Sky TV perhaps, all part of the News International empire, which James helps to control...'
Conversely, you don't see mass media coverage of similar concerns over pharmaceuticals. For instance you don't see articles highlighting that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever that chemotherapy prevents the progression of cancer.
Millions of people are prescribed statins each year in the UK yet there is no evidence to show that they work or enhance lifespan. The list of side effects on the other hand is ever increasing.
There is no evidence whatsoever that ADHD drugs create healthy children or that antidepressants cure depression. Yet all these drugs are heavily hyped by medical journal (i.e. "drug journals") and the mainstream media without regard for their disastrous lack of efficacy and safety.
Perhaps a slight wind of change was seen last week when the BBC reported on the concerns of a Group of MPs about the lack of data provided by Big Pharma companies about their drugs - to see this article click here.