Friday, April 24, 2009

Ask Your Doctor if ________ is Right for You

(I normally don’t post twice in one day, but this seemed a natural tie-in with my post from earlier today).

From Vioxx maker Merck and Co drew up doctor hit list:
Staff at US company Merck &Co emailed each other about the list of doctors - mainly researchers and academics - who had been negative about the drug Vioxx or Merck and a recommended course of action.

The email, which came out in the Federal Court in Melbourne yesterday as part of a class action against the drug company, included the words "neutralise", "neutralised" or "discredit" against some of the doctors' names.

It is also alleged the company used intimidation tactics against critical researchers, including dropping hints it would stop funding to institutions and claims it interfered with academic appointments.

"We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live," a Merck employee wrote, according to an email excerpt read to the court by Julian Burnside QC, acting for the plaintiff.

Well, if that doesn’t sound like a benevolent organization looking out for the health & welfare of people everywhere then I just don’t know what does. Is there any reason to suspect that the other members of the “Brotherhood of Big Pharma” behave any differently?

When you have a company like this that manufactures the vaccines we pump into our children & babies (which they apparently don’t do very well either: FDA warns Merck to clean up vaccine plant), is it any wonder that some people may choose not to trust their products or to believe the drivel that constantly spews from their PR department?

Here is an excellent article on the topic of vaccines: The Judgment on Vaccines is In???

FYI - If you're interested, below is a list of vaccines that Merck manufactures:

Hepatitus A
Hepatitus B
MMRII (measles, mumps, rubella)**

**made with fetal cells from aborted babies

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