“Holding Big Pharma Accountable: Why Suing the Pharmaceutical Industry Isn’t Working”

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Writing for the Huffington Post, Caroline Beaton looks into how drugs continue to make billions in sales even after they lose lawsuits for fraud and misconduct.  “The persistence of Big Pharma’s fraud despite ubiquitous legal action suggests that our present efforts to hold the industry accountable are ineffective,” Beaton writes. “New polices in motion will make potentially unsafe drugs even easier to bring to market and promote.”

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Start putting pharmaceutical company criminals in prison.

    In the US you can get kidnapped and jailed by the government over smoking a damn plant but the real criminals always get away with it.

    Other countries don’t put up with this crap.

    China Ex-Food and Drug Chief Executed

    By ALEXA OLESEN
    The Associated Press
    Tuesday, July 10, 2007; 2:24 AM

    BEIJING — China on Tuesday executed the former head of its food and drug watchdog who had become a symbol of the country’s wide-ranging problems on product safety.

    Zheng Xiaoyu’s execution was confirmed by state television and the official Xinhua News Agency.

    “The few corrupt officials of the (State Food and Drug Administration) are the shame of the whole system and their scandals have revealed some very serious problems,” SFDA spokeswoman Yan Jiangying said at a news conference held to highlight efforts to improve China’s track record on food and drug safety.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/09/AR2007070900689_pf.html

    • Well, in China it’s also not all that rosy – they usually do it to someone (who as fallen out of favour anyway) once in a while to keep people happy but overall product safety in China continues to be abysmal. At least that’s what my Chinese friends have told me.

  2. Same as it doesn’t make any sense for any other industry. They pay you off with a percentile of the money they made off you and other victims and continue to repeat the same offenses over and over again. Nobody goes to jail, no company goes bankrupt. It’ the “cost of doing business”.