NIH Scientist Linked to Pfizer Fraud

The mega-drug companies just love to throw money around, buying the influence of American politicians and medical professionals to bring their toxic products to market, all at the expense of your health. Ever wonder how far they'll go to make a buck?

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) executive was paid $285,000 in consulting fees to acquire human tissue samples (3,200 tubes of spinal fluid and almost 400 tubes of plasma) for Alzheimer's research bought and paid for by the U.S. Government to the tune of $6.4 million. And, we wouldn't have known about it at all, had it not been for an unnamed whistleblower who felt the "transaction" was just another abuse of power by well-placed government employees who moonlight as highly paid drug company consultants.

Interestingly, Dr. Trey Sunderland's "arrangement" with Pfizer happened after the NIH relaxed its ethics standards (and without the agency's knowledge), but ended before enacting tougher regulations.

The other incredible problem discovered in a House Energy and Commerce Committee is just as upsetting: The NIH has no centralized inventory system that can account for its inventory of tissue samples at a moment's notice. So how does the NIH know if they lose anything at all?

More reason than ever, you should take more responsibility for your own health and not leave in the hands of a totally compromised federal bureaucracy following a fatally flawed conventional medical paradigm.

The Boston Globe June 14, 2006

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