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Pfizer: The Drug Giant That Makes a Killing from Drugs That Can Kill You

The drug company Pfizer has been associated with a seemingly never-ending series of scandals.  Pfizer’s portfolio of disastrous drugs includes, but is not limited to: Chantix, Lipitor, Viagra, Geodon, Trovan, Bextra, Celebrex, Lyrica, Zoloft, Halcion and drugs for osteoarthritis, Parkinson's disease, kidney transplants and leukemia.

During one single week this year, Pfizer:

  • Agreed to pull its leukemia drug Mylotarg from the market because it caused more, rather than fewer, patient deaths
  • Suspended pediatric trials of Geodon after the FDA said children were being overdosed
  • Suspended trials of tanezumab, an osteoarthritis pain drug, because patients got worse rather than better
  • Was investigated for off-label marketing of kidney transplant drug Rapamune
  • Saw a researcher who helped established its Bextra, Celebrex and Lyrica as effective pain meds, Scott S Reuben, MD, sent to prison for research fraud
  • Was sued by Blue Cross Blue Shield to recoup money overpaid for Bextra and other drugs
  • Had its appeal to end lawsuits by Nigerian families who accuse it of illegal trials of the antibiotic Trovan rejected by the Supreme Court

Nonetheless, according to AlterNet:

“Still, Pfizer's vast product line, its $50 billion a year revenues -- exceeding some states' entire budgets -- and reputation for having the best trained sales reps make it the team to beat for competing salesmen and examples of Pfizer envy dot Cafepharma, the drug industry chatroom considered pharma's washroom wall.”

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