Big Pharma Fraud Revealed

Dr. Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician who has always provided natural health information, has often been falsely accused as a fraud. Of this baseless fraud allegation, Mercola confidently says, “Let my credentials speak for themselves.” Now Dr. Joseph Mercola explains a different fraud – not Mercola fraud, but a case concerning Big Pharma or the complex pharmaceutical industry and its machineries. In his interview with Dr. Beatrice Golomb, Associate Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Diego, the secrets of corruption throughout prominent pharmaceutical and medical industries get exposed.

Apparently, these giant names from the drug industry don’t only have their hands on U.S. senators and congressmen through their army of cunning lobbyists, but on science itself, too. Golomb reveals that the industry also plays with hard scientific evidence by manipulating what is published on scientific literatures. She said that a substantial number of fraudulent articles that appear in medical journals purportedly written by well-known medical scholars are, in reality, just written by unacknowledged ghostwriters from the Big Pharma’s payroll.

Actually, it looks like this medical literature fraud will no longer cause a stir for some people, as well-known brands like Parke-Davis, Pfizer, and Wyeth-Ayerst have done such things like it’s no big deal. Parke-Davis did this for Neurontin by getting a contract with a “medical education communication company” or MECC, which is a company paid almost exclusively by pharmaceutical companies to write articles, reviews, and letters to editors of medical journals to cast their products in a favorable light. In this case, MECC was paid 13,000 dollars to 18,000 dollars per article. In turn, MECC paid 1,000 dollars each to friendly physicians and pharmacists to sign as authors of the articles, making the material appear independent.

Pfizer also did this as a part of their marketing strategy for Zoloft. They worked their own fraud literature by writing the article themselves, and then shopped around for scientists willing to claim authorship to give it a veneer of credibility.

With this kind of system where trusted medical brands manipulate and defraud the truth about science for their own, do you think you and your family’s health even stand a chance? If you think that you should call the likes of Dr. Joseph Mercola “fraud,” better think again.