Drugmakers Go Furthest to Sway Congress: 1,274 Lobbyists – USA Today Tue, 26 Apr 2005 USA Today provides a glimpse into the way the pharmaceutical industry controls health care policy by buying influence at the highest level of government, and underwriting professional and lay healthcare organizations whose spokespersons parrot industry’s agenda. Of the 1,274 people…

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Bill would shield some drug firms from punitive damages Wed, 29 Dec 2004 A proposed bill in Congress would be another disincentive for pharmaceutical companies to disclose drug safety problems. Those promoting the bill should be asked to disclose their financial ties to drug companies. In 2000, a mysterious clause giving Eli Lilly immunity from…

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Director of OHRP Dr. Greg Koski resigns Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 Dr. Greg Koski has tendered his resignation as director of the federal Office of Human Research Protections. We agree, in principle, with Dr. Koski’s assessment: “to preserve public trust in research, the scientific community must go beyond a culture of compliance-it must strive…

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"Top Republicans — Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill– recently sold the future of our children to Big Pharma for a paltry $4 bucks a pop."

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The truth about the pharmaceutical industry and its corrupting influence on high ranking lawmakers and the near-total subversion of the FDA is spreading to the American hinterland. Below is an informed, intelligent editorial in the Shreveport Times, Louisiana that explains to readers why this industry is not to be trusted.

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Acting EPA Chief Withdraws Controversial Pesticide Experiment – LAT / NYT Sat, 09 Apr 2005 “We are gratified that when this abominable experiment was exposed to the public, the pesticide industry and its EPA advocates had to surrender." Senator Barbara Boxer has expressed her concern “over the larger philosophy behind the program,” said David Sandretti,…

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Senate to Repeal Law Shielding Drug Giants – NYT, WashPost Sat, 11 Jan 2003 An agreement was reached by three Senate Republicans and Majority Leader, Sen. Bill Frist to repeal the three controversial corporate giveaways that had been ‘mysteriously’ slipped into the Homeland Security law. Despite his strong support for giving pharmaceutical companies indemnification from…

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