So Merck is also paying out $4,5billion to settle Vioxx damage cases…
and now Fri, Jun 25 2010 Jury orders Merck pay $8 million Fosamax damages
But as this column has described for almost 3 years now, over 3000 cases of bisphosphonate osteonecrosis had already been reported worldwide by 2006; the first case having been reported in about 1996.
And leading university clinician Professor Dr Scott Reuben gets a slap on the wrist 6 month jail sentence and > $300 000 fine for consistently faking drug results ( Vioxx, Bextra, Effexor and even Lyrica ) for Merck and Pfizer- to bolster their multibillions sales. How much has he been paid / guaranteed to retire luxuriously remains untold.
So Meck now leads Pfizer ($3.4billion admitted so far) in fines and damages penaties- but both Pfizer and Merck still face untold billions in fines and damages in current ongoing litigation against them. And worse to come- Merck and Bayer face massive damages claims over their contraceptives . This apart from the bakers’ dozen of shady practices listed against Bayer, of unquantified costs.
I recently saw my first associated case, a postmenopausal woman who had to have all her teeth removed and implants done after they came loose after a few years on a bisphosphonate for osteoporosis prevention. But perhaps my mother-in-law’s spontaneous cornflake collapse of her lower femur in 1998 was my first case, someone had put her at about 70years on bisphosphonate a few years before. She has never walked since, despite repeatedly failed knee replacement. .
There never has been the slightest proven clinical justification for taking Vioxxes- Celebrex- Voltarens for pain, or bisphosphonates for osteoporosis/osteopenia, since there are safe long-proven more effective natural painkillers, and safe supplements which restore normal bone without any risks, and (unlike bisphosphonates) with multisystem benefits that reduce all major common degenerative diseases by 1/3 to 1/2 . These modern synthetic designer drugs like bisphosphonates, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory “painkillers” , statins- cholesterolbusters, hypoglycemic drugs which actually promote obesity, neuro-drugs like Neurontin, Lyrica, and Prozacs – Effexors, were and are invented to deceive patients into taking lucrative $billion-dollar a year patent prescriptions for widespread “prevention” and treatment, instead of the original natural supplements like eg herbs, biologicals, vitamins,and minerals which give relief and address the real causes with minimal risks and at low cost.
This catastrophic fraud of Big Pharma- fostered by governments (for massive tax profits, job creation and ‘kickback’- God forbid that they are called bribes ) is now exceeded in size only by the biggest Big Pharma scam ever, last year’s false swine flu pandemic scam set up between the US government and Big Pharma, with multibillion dollar profits from unproven-value mass testing, vaccination and Tamiflu of unknown future disaster potential like thalidomide and stilbestrol proved to be. (which in turn is exceeded perhaps by the biggest scam ever of modern times- the 2nd Iraqi war of GW Bush-Dick Cheney- Donald Rumsfeld- Halliburtons that has now run most of this decade, the $Trillion War of Jo Stiglitz which will cost future generations of American and UK taxpayers infinitely more than that in compensation for injuries and deaths and debt; when there never were grounds – other than limitless oil to be pillaged- to invade Iraq any more than any of another dozen repressive dictatorship, when the obvious target against Al Quaeda was always Afghanistan-Pakistan. )
And the USA Govt and WHO (and hence most countries’ sheep -like regulators) actually changed the definition of a pandemic last year to perpetrate the trill$megabillion swine flu scam, and forswore proper randomized controlled clinical double-blind trials to justify the vaccines and Tamiflu; and conveniently declared masses of old vaccine stores that were legally past their expiry date as recertified for use; and actually indemnified the vaccine manufacturers they chose against any future liability for failure of or complications from the vaccines.
Thus the current USA government -with the backing of coerced allied governments – invented the so far unproven if not risky swine flu vaccines, then handed the recipes over to chosen manufacturers for free to produce and make $billions each within a year- with no liability – at the incalculable expense of present and future taxpayers already reeling under the onslaught of USA-provoked overseas wars and gigantic banking and oil cartel scams carefully orchestrated by deliberately failed government “regulation” which have caused the worst western global financial depression and environmental pollution ever. .
But these Big Pharma mafia companies are bigger than the economies of many countries – apparently up to >8% of American gross domestic product- so they are protected by governments as too big to jail or close for fraud! They couldnt care less about a few billion dollar fines and damages for which they budgeted under cost of business- eg Bayer last year paid $68billion for Wyeth the HRT (Premarin- Provera) giant in North America…
As this column has previously reported, the late greatest economist of modern times Ken Galbraith would have said that Big Pharma truly rerpresents the bared backside of western capitalist social democracy Naomi Klein’s disaster capitalism (led by the modern pioneers of Human Rights for their own citizens if not their vassal dominions – UK, Europe and USA) – – at its foulest .