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Spotlight Focused On Pfizer's Lipitor Follies

By Evelyn Pringle
According to the book, "Health Myths Exposed," by former pharmaceutical chemist turned whistleblower, Shane Ellison, "When used as prescribed, pharmaceutical drugs kill more people than terrorism, car crashes, AIDS, and street drugs combined."

Although many health care professionals have come forward in recent years with warnings that prescription drugs are one of the largest killers in the field of medicine, the general public apparently remains unaware of the yearly death toll attributed to legal drug use - judging by the on-going over-prescribing of prescription drugs.

And nowhere is this fact more obvious than in the case of Lipitor. By use of the manufactured fear of high cholesterol, Pfizer has been able to transform tens of millions of people into life-long customers for Lipitor.

Without question, Lipitor is the all-time granddaddy of blockbuster drugs. It was the first drug to reach $10 billion in sales worldwide, and it has earned close to $50 billion in revenue for Pfizer since 2000. Read more...


Big Bucks, Big Pharma

Big Pharma Research Racket Is Killing People - Over the past six years, ten FDA approved drugs have been withdrawn from the market due to deaths and injuries, leading lawmakers to accuse the FDA of not doing its job in protecting the public from unsafe drugs and to call for measures of improvement. Read more...
Written by Evelyn Pringle (Evelyn Pringle is a columnist for OpEd News and an investigative journalist focused on exposing corruption in government and corporate America)

Big Bucks, Big Pharma pulls back the curtain on the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry to expose the insidious ways that illness is used, manipulated, and in some instances created, for capital gain. Featuring interviews with Dr. Marcia Angell (Dept. of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Former Editor New England Journal of Medicine) Read more...
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