miércoles, 19 de febrero de 2014
Investigación de Industria Farmacéutica es como el crimen...Peter C Gotzsche*, co-founder of The Cochrane Collaboration
I investigated the 10 biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world and found that their business model fulfils the criteria for organised crime, according to US law. Organised crime means doing the same, rather serious crime, repeatedly - this includes fraud, bribery, obstruction of justice, threatening witnesses etcetera.
The industry lives up to these criteria, but only one company has been convicted of organised crime and a conspiracy. That was Pfizer, the world's largest pharmaceutical company. Since I'm a researcher and not a lawyer, I don't care that the others haven't been convicted.
I can see that they're all doing the same thing, that is, their business model lives up to the criteria for organised crime. The fines companies have to pay is a tiny fraction of what they earn from the crimes so you can't expect them to stop being criminals. In fact, economic theory predicts that the crimes will become worse, which is what we have seen.(...)
Companies should not be allowed to carry out trials. They can pay for them but should have nothing to do with them. And doctors and patient organisations need to learn to say no to industry money.
The corruption of doctors is pervasive in all countries, including mine, although Denmark is considered one of the least corrupt countries in the world. (Más)
(*) Peter C Gotzsche co-founder of The Cochrane Collaboration, a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, and author of the recently released Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare.