Have Pharmaceutical Companies Corrupted Science and Government?

In the article below, Dr. David Lewis highlights how the billion dollar pharmaceutical industry’s influence extends into regulatory agencies, as well as to respected journals responsible for publishing scientific literature. Focus for Health supports positive efforts to ensure government transparency in the protection of public and children’s health.


The Oconee Enterprise, August 6, 2015:

Pharmaceutical Companies Have Corrupted Science and Government

Last week, big news media ignored Congressman Bill Posey imploring Congress to hold hearings after a leading government scientist admitted the CDC destroyed data linking MMR vaccine to autism in young black children.

Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather recently commented that big media is controlled by big government working with big corporations for their mutual benefit. Pharmaceutical companies wield the most influence with Congress and the news media.

Unfortunately, the scientific literature has also been bought out. In 2011, Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief of the British Medical Journal, testified before Parliament that the peer reviewed scientific literature has become the marketing arm of the pharmaceutical industry.

If Congress gets its way, things will only get worse. The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the 21st Century Cures Act, which would create a corporation to accelerate the development of new drugs and vaccines. It provides over $9 billion for the NIH and the FDA to fast-track them to market.

This federally-created corporation would, no doubt, be run by highly paid executives passing through the revolving door between government and industry. Instead of relying on case-controlled clinical trials, the new approval process for drugs and vaccines will incorporate anecdotal evidence from patients, parents, advocacy organizations, research sponsors and unnamed “others.” Blindly supporting the pharmaceutical industry appears to be one thing Republicans and Democrats alike have no problem agreeing upon.

Dr. Lewis’ article posted in The Oconee Enterprise – Click to enlarge Dr David Lewis

This summer, I was one of nine visitors invited to a meeting of the Royal Society of London to discuss growing public skepticism over key areas of science, including climate change and vaccine safety. Much of our discussion centered on the negative impact that pharmaceutical companies and certain federal agencies subject to corporate influence are having on scientific integrity. A recent survey of 1,756 parents in the United States, for example, found 82 percent believe vaccination can benefit public health; but only 32 percent trust information the CDC puts out.

To bolster compliance with CDC vaccine policies, the White House is funding faith-based organizations to promote vaccination. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted that religious groups play an important role in keeping communities healthy. It’s shameful that corporate influence has eroded public confidence to the point that religious organizations are being paid to vouch for CDC policies.

After buying out the news media, pharmaceutical companies are focused on controlling scientific journals and lobbying Congress to lower the standards for data used by the FDA and CDC to approve and recommend their products. Congress has shielded pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits over vaccine-related injuries; and its moving toward mandating all CDC-recommended vaccines. Drugs and vaccines are vital to public health. But once Congress and the scientific literature are controlled by pharmaceutical companies, how can the public trust these products? Congress must clean up the corruption.

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Dr. David Lewis

Former U.S. EPA Research Microbiologist

David Lewis is an internationally recognized research microbiologist whose work on public health and environmental issues, as a senior-level Research Microbiologist in EPA’s Office of Research & Development and member of the Graduate Faculty of the University of Georgia, has been reported in numerous news articles and documentaries from TIME magazine and Reader’s Digest to National Geographic.

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10 Comments

Stephen Daniels

what the hell is this some sort of sick and demented means of ethnic cleansing or even worse extermination? God please help us to protect ourselves and our children

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Marilyn Welton

Psychotropic medications have stolen my son’s life from him and my son from me.

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Dan Overlander

“Congress must clean up the corruption.” …I’ve never seen a self-cleaning toilet.

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Elaine

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shell

My dad is dying. He had a reaction to the High dose fluzone shot on Sept 22nd and went down hill from there. Both he and my mom got sick 2 days after the shot but she got better in about 2 weeks. My dad continued to decline. He Has been in the hospital since Monday night and he is not going to make it. Lost a nephew in the 80’s to his DPT. Yes it was proven. These vaccines KILL!

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Barbara McKinney

I am allergic to fillers, coatings and binders. I have used cannabis for 43 years. It is amazing the many ways it can be used and the many illnesses/symptoms it can treat. I have been worried about vaccines for years. My sister suffers as does her daughter from the after effects of vaccines. My sister is mentally disabled as is my niece. It is a Blessing that I can’t take that poison.

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Tony Mitra

I agree with the writer mostly, except on one account :

The party responsible for this advent of junk science is not so much just Pharma and Agro-industry corporations, or the politicians they managed to corrupt. The biggest culprit responsible for this sorry state of our democracy are the citizens of Canada.

By definition of democracy, it is the sole responsibility of the citizenry, and citizenry alone, to ensure that the government works for the people and its institutions, such as science or healthcare or media, works for the public good.

The question that never gets aired enough is – what are the citizens prepared to do?

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