(OpEdNews) – “Unlimited spending! Schedule all the programs you can.” That was the management directive announced at the regional business meeting I attended when I first became a pharmaceutical rep. When I heard the announcement I felt like I was on an Enron train that was roaring down the tracks, and the company expected everyone to be on board. The company was giving its sales force unlimited funds to hire physicians as paid speakers, sometimes to influence other physicians to prescribe the company’s drugs, at other times to simply financially reward physicians who wrote high volumes of prescriptions every month for the company’s drugs.
Former Merck regional sales manager, Gene Carbona, told the New York Times that the only thing the company considered when selecting physicians to provide presentations was “the volume or potential volume of prescribing that the doctor could do.” This is true of all pharmaceutical companies. According to The Wall Street Journal (August 31, 2009), Eli Lilly alone paid physicians $22 million dollars in just the first quarter of 2009.
The higher a physician is on the influential ladder, the greater the financial rewards to be reaped. Pharmaceutical companies pay influential leaders who can sway public opinion and influence research. And the area of medicine receiving the greatest amount of pharmaceutical money is psychiatry. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the most drug industry financially supported medical association. In July 2008, Senator Charles Grassley’s demands that the APA provide an accounting of its finances revealed that in 2006 the pharmaceutical industry accounted for about 30 percent of the APA’s financing; more than $20 million dollars. Read More Here
(CCHRINT) – 20 million children are taking psychiatric drugs, and parents, legislators and the general public are not being given the documented risks from international drug regulatory agencies and medical journals. CCHR has created a one of a kind psychiatric drug database containing all international warnings and studies on psychiatric drugs in an easy to search online database. People can search for drugs like Ritalin, Adderall, Prozac, Zoloft, Seroquel (any brand name drug) or by drug class such as antidepressant, antipsychotic or stimulant. They can also search all adverse reactions to psychiatric drugs that have been reported to the U.S. FDA between 2004-2008. Continue reading →
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(InflationUS) – Video: Food Storage Basics, Preparing for Hyperinflation
(WSJ) – Mortgage Rates Fall Again; 30-Year Fixed At 4.54% – Freddie – Read More Here
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(TaxProf) – Geithner’s GDP Whopper
FactCheck.org, Geithner’s GDP Whopper:
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner made a false claim about the size of government spending being proposed by the Obama administration. Read More Here
(Bloomberg) – IMF Says U.S. Financial System May Need $76 Billion in Capital – Read More Here
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The unusually cool summer continued in Southern California, where several new record-low temperatures were recorded on Wednesday. Read More Here
(CNews) – Key indicators show global warming ‘undeniable’
Melting glaciers, more humid air and eight other key indicators show that global warming is undeniable, scientists said Wednesday, citing a new comprehensive review of the last decade of climate data. Read More Here
Video: Bob Chapman’s Friday Report – Our Fed Participates In The Destruction of America – Alex Jones Tv
The miscreants in Congress have just passed their version of so-called financial reform, which they euphemistically call financial regulation legislation, which when signed by our peerless leader, will set up the Federal Reserve as a totalitarian monstrosity with absolute control over our financial system as a reward for the Fed’s intentional destruction of our economy. Continue reading →
When we consider the rogue’s gallery of devilish, over-sized, greedy and disproportionately powerful corporations, we generally come up with outfits like Microsoft, Bechtel, AIG, Halliburton, Goldman-Sachs, Exxon-Mobil and the United States Senate. Yet somehow, Monsanto, arguably (WalletPop) – The most devilish, over-sized, greedy and disproportionately powerful corporation in the world has been able to more or less skulk between the raindrops — only a household name in households where documentaries like Food Inc. are regarded as light Friday evening entertainment. My house, for example. But for the most part, if you were to ask an average American for their list of sinister corporations, Monsanto probably wouldn’t make the cut.
See Also:(NaturalNews) – Monsanto: The world’s poster child for corporate manipulation and deceit
At a biotech industry conference in January 1999, a representative from Arthur Anderson, LLP explained how they had helped Monsanto design their strategic plan. First, his team asked Monsanto executives what their ideal future looked like in 15 to 20 years. The executives described a world with 100 percent of all commercial seeds genetically modified and patented. Anderson consultants then worked backwards from that goal, and developed the strategy and tactics to achieve it. They presented Monsanto with the steps and procedures needed to obtain a place of industry dominance in a world in which natural seeds were virtually extinct. Read More Here
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