The US Department of Justice is now investigating Big Pharma for corruption.
Times reports that GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly
and Merck are all being investigated. The US Government is looking at the
payments they made for hospitality, consultants, licensing agreements and
charitable donations in markets around the world. It's also looking at the
recruitment of physicians for clinical trials and sticking the same physicians
on to regulatory boards that approve or deny drugs.
In other words,
the DOJ is examining allegations that the world's biggest pharmaceutical
companies had engaged in systematic bribery around the world, in breach
of US and other laws. More to the point, these corrupt payments might have
"influenced" the "reliability or integrity" of data
in clinical trials performed abroad, putting people's lives at risk.
Perhaps the DOJ
can start with the latest findings of the World Health Organisation which,
as reported here, has released the names of academics and advisors who influenced
the WHO's decision to declare a phase six pandemic last year, and who also
happened to receive money from vaccine companies. Declaring the pandemic
created a financial bonanza for Big Pharma.
This is an important
probe. It's not before time.