China has just dished out the biggest fine in the history of their country, and it’s being slapped down on one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world.
GlaxoSmithKline, the British pharmaceutical giant that medical authorities trust in around the world, is now being exposed for what it really is: an institution rooted in coercion and bribery that competes for control over healthcare systems around the world.
According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, GlaxoSmithKline is guilty of bribing doctors and hospitals in order to have their products promoted. The verdict, established in a court in Changsha, slaps the UK pharmaceutical firm with a $490 million fine, the largest in China’s history. This puts an end to an investigation that began in July of 2013. Chinese officials estimate that GSK made $150 million in illegal profits.
Mark Reilly, GSK’s former head of Chinese operations, is now facing a three-year prison sentence; he’s set to be deported. In the aftermath of the ruling, other top GSK executives await suspended jail sentences.
By bribing hospitals and doctors with their deep pockets, GSK is able to control entire medical systems from the top. This means that a vaccine or a drug manufactured at their factories might not even be sound medicine at all. These vaccines and drugs are only promoted as medicine because giants like GSK have the money to control and influence hospitals and doctors who simply accept the bribe money because they just need the money to stay in business. This type of coercion lifts bad medicine up on a pedestal, as bribe money trickles down through the entire healthcare industry.
At the end of the line is a confused consumer, not understanding why they are experiencing such strange side effects from such highly promoted drugs.
Hospitals and doctors just accept it as the way it is, because they have bills to pay. All the while, drug company ads fill the TV screen, the radio broadcasts and the magazine pages. If blindly promoting GSK’s products brings in the cash, then who cares if these drug actually heal? It doesn’t matter whether this medicine is actually rooted in sound science.
Bad medicine isn’t necessarily a conspiracy to hurt and kill people (although it ultimately does); bad medicine is based in keeping simple economics alive using industry bribery and efficient collusion of big business. This corruption ultimately trickles down through the ranks. People working in the industry simply do what they are told, hoping not to upset the structure that keeps profits rolling in.
Instead of thinking what’s best for the institution that employs them, medical professionals must start questioning where the money’s coming from, who pays to have the drug safety studies conducted, and why they are actually promoting and prescribing concoctions that a drug company has to bribe on them in the first place.
On top of these questions, why are there so many drugs on the market today anyway, filling entire drug company manuals? Was health ever supposed to be this complicated? If these pills were being promoted based on sound science, why are there so many drugs available for the same conditions? The long list of drugs on the market today clearly shows that they are working not to heal but to manage disease. In the process, all these formulations interact with one another and even elicit heinous side effects. How are drug companies even supposed to be trusted today?
Medical professional should question the status quo of where they get their medicine from and start doing what’s honestly best for other human beings. There’s more to life than just taking home a paycheck. Civil obedience to these giant pharmaceutical bribing machines is what enslaves humanity today.
GlaxoSmithKline rushing in with an Ebola vaccine
With all of GSK’s bribery coming into the open, it’s also important to question why GlaxoSmithKline is now coming out as the savior in the fight against Ebola. Can you believe that GSK is now injecting 60 “volunteers” with an experimental Ebola vaccine, which they hope to profit from in Africa and ultimately the rest of the world?
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