MIA Foreign Correspondent Peter Gøtzsche, author of the book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime, was interviewed on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night as part of a feature about the pharmaceutical industry and the marketing of prescription addictions.
During his investigations into the politics of growing prescription drug abuse, The Daily Show‘s Michael Che meets in a darkened car in an underground parking lot with Gøtzsche, where they speak in hushed tones for a couple of minutes. “Pharmaceutical companies are like drug cartels,” Gøtzsche summarizes. Che laughs and says, “That’s a good one.” Gøtzsche states flatly that he was not joking. Che says, “Listen man, I’m a comedian, I know about jokes, all right? That’s a funny joke.” Gøtzsche responds, “This medicine kills people. Do you still think it’s a joke?” Che looks back at him blankly and says, “Well, not that part.”
The Pharmaceutical Drug Epidemic (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central, September 16, 2014)
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