Ten Criminal Companies, Social Menace

To scratch their guilty conscience, they now have something called as ‘Social responsibility, where they spend a few Dimes, which is Tax Free of course, to engage in highly publicized social service like planting Trees, spare .0001 of their profits for charity( at the same time they inform you through advertisements that they are helping people because of your purchase, thereby increasing their Business volume).

To me anything, especially business with out Ethics is Criminal.

Have they stopped at this?

In chasing a few dollars, they deliberately harm the society and the individuals.

Have a look at these Corporate Companies


The Corporate Mantra is Profit, not people.

 

Man is secondary, humanitarianism takes a second seat to Business.

 

There is this oft-repeated saying in the business circles,

 

‘Choose either Business or Righteousness’

 

It is implied that one can be dishonest in Business.

 

And Businesses ae often so.

 

To scratch their guilty conscience, they now have something called as ‘Social responsibility, where they spend a few Dimes, which is Tax Free of course, to engage in highly publicized social service like planting Trees, spare .0001 of their profits for charity( at the same time they inform you through advertisements that they are helping people because of your purchase, thereby increasing their Business volume).

 

To me anything, especially business with out Ethics is Criminal.

 

Have they stopped at this?

 

In chasing a few dollars, they deliberately harm the society and the individuals.

 

Have a look at these Corporate Companies.

 

1.

 

Coca Cola corporation has wrought devastation in India, where its factories use up to one million liters of water per day, leaving tens of thousands of nearby residents dry during the drought months. Then the factories dispose of the wastewater improperly, contaminating whatever water is left.  A lawsuit in 2001 accused Coca Cola of hiring paramilitaries in Columbia which suppressed unionization in the cola plant there through intimidation, torture and murder

 

2.Pfizer.

Pfizer decided to use Nigerian children as guinea pigs. In 1996, Pfizer traveled to Kano, Nigeria to try out an experimental antibiotic on third-world diseases such as measles, cholera, and bacterial meningitis. They gave trovafloxacin to approximately 200 children. Dozens of them died in the experiment, while many others developed mental and physical deformities. According to the EPA, Pfizer can also proudly claim to be among the top ten companies in America causing the most air pollution.

3.Exxonobil

The Political Economy Research Institute ranks ExxonMobil sixth among corporations emitting airborne pollutants in the United States. ExxonMobil counters not by cleaning up its act, but by funding scientific studies  which refute global warming. ExxonMobil was targeted by human rights activists in 2001 when a lawsuit alleged that ExxonMobil hired Indonesian military who raped, tortured and murdered while serving as security at their plant in Aceh.

4.Caterpillar sells all kind of tractors, trucks and machinery — including many of the vehicles, ships and submarines used by the U.S. military. Caterpillar also supplies the Israeli army with bulldozers which are used to demolish Palestinian homes — sometimes with the people still inside.

5.Monsanto.

Big Agra makes the list with Monsanto, pushers of genetically modified foods, bovine growth hormones, and poison. Monsanto’s list of evils includes creating the terminator” seed which creates plants which never fruit or flower so that farmers must purchase them anew yearly, lobbying to have “hormone-free” labels removed from the labels of milk and infant milk replacer (through bovine growth hormone is believed to be a cancer-accelerator) as well as a wide range of environmental and human health violations associated with use of Monsanto’s poisons — most notably “Agent Orange.” Between 1965 and 1972, Monsanto illegally dumped thousands of tons of highly toxic waste in UK landfills.

6.Nestle.

Sticky-sweet image aside, Nestle’s crimes against man and nature include massive deforestation in Borneo — the habitat of the critically endangered orangutan — to grow palm oil, and buying milk from farms illegally-seized by a despot in Zimbabwe. Nestle drew fire from environmentalists for its ridiculous claims that bottled water is “eco-friendly when the exact opposite is true.

7.British Petroleum.
Who can forget 2010’s oil rig explosion in the Gulf Coast which killed 11 workers and thousands of birds, sea turtles, dolphins and other animals, effectively destroying the fishing and tourism industry in the region? This was not BP’s first crime against nature. In fact, between January 1997 and March 1998, BP was responsible for a whopping 104 oil spills.

8.Dyncorp.

This privatized military company is often hired by the U.S. government to protect American interests overseas — and so the government can claim no responsibility for Dyncorp’s actions.  Dyncorp is best known for its brutality in impoverished countries, for trafficking in child sex slaves, for slaughtering civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan

9.Haliburton,

a huge “oilfield services” company, profited big time from the U.S.’s invasion of Iraq when Cheney called in his boys to quell burning oil wells — and to “help” the Iraq oil ministry pump and distribute oil. Haliburton has also been implicated in countless oil spills, including the BP disaster of 2010.

10.Chevron.

Chevron (then Texaco) discharged 18 billion gallons of toxic water into the rain forests of Ecuador without any remediation, destroying the livelihoods of local farmers and sickening indigenous populations. Chevron has also done plenty of polluting right here in the U.S.: In 1998, Richmond, California sued Chevron for illegally bypassing waste water treatments and contaminating local water supplies, ditto in New Hampshire in 2003. Chevron was responsible for the death of several Nigerians who protested the company’s polluting, exploiting presence in the Nigerian Delta. Chevron paid the local militia, known for its human rights abuses, to squash the protests, and even supplied them with choppers and boats. The military opened fire on the protesters, then burned their villages to the ground.

Source .

http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2yxcGg/7ITOwDzz:85zBsbNi/brainz.org/15-deadliest-us-corporations/

Best Selling Drugs Most Dangerous Lipitor Humira Plavix

People are more Drug Conscious rather than Health Conscious.

Some even go to the extent of associating Drugs and serious ailments with Social Acceptability and a matter of Pride indicative of Status.

One can come across people saying, I had a Heart attack,Stroke have High Cholesterol,Diabetes, Kidney Malfunction;taking Lipitor,Statins ”
They forget that having a disease is an indication of Ill Health and as such is something to be ashamed of.

Gulping Drugs with Esoteric names backed by high-powered advertising, people seem to enjoy taking Drugs.

The dangerous aspect is the side effects which are worse than the Diseases.

Another surprising fact is that the Drugs that bring in the Highest Revenue to the Drug Manufacturers are the Drugs of dubious Curative Nature, but are of guaranteed ,severe, at times irreversible side effect causing!

Look at these maximum earners.


People are more Drug Conscious rather than Health Conscious.

Some even go to the extent of associating Drugs and serious ailments with Social Acceptability and a matter of Pride indicative of Status.

One can come across people saying, I had a Heart attack,Stroke have  High Cholesterol,Diabetes, Kidney Malfunction;taking Lipitor,Statins ”

They forget that having a disease is an indication of Ill Health and as such is something to be ashamed of.

Gulping Drugs with Esoteric names backed by high-powered advertising, people seem to enjoy taking Drugs.

The dangerous aspect is the side effects which are worse than the Diseases.

Another surprising fact is that the Drugs that bring in the Highest Revenue to the Drug Manufacturers are the Drugs of dubious Curative Nature, but are of guaranteed ,severe, at times irreversible side effect causing!

Look at these maximum earners.

Side effects of Lipitor.
Lipitor Side Effects.
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Pfizer‘s (NYSE:PFE  ) cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor is a perfect example. Over the course of its patent protection period, Lipitor brought in $131 billion in cumulative sales — more than double the second-most successful drug of all time,Bristol-Myers Squibb‘s Plavix, which totaled around $60 billion. Although Pfizer’s pipeline is diverse, Lipitor was single-handedly able to deliver the cash flow necessary for Pfizer to grow its pipeline into what it is today.

With that in mind, I propose we examine the current three best-selling drugs in the world and see whether they have characteristics that would make them cash-flow cows like Pfizer’s Lipitor or if their gains now are soon to be fleeting.

One thing to keep in mind is that we’re getting into the heart of earnings season, so the drug-sale figures presented here will be extrapolated estimates based on results through the first half of the year.

Humira — estimated 2013 sales: $10.1 billion.

Humira Drug Side effects.
Humira Side effects.

Humira is currently the best-selling drug in the world, bringing in $4.85 billion for AbbVie(NYSE: ABBV  ) through the first six months of the year and helping generate $349 million global partnership sales revenue for Eisai as of the end of its fiscal year in March. It’s also a driving force behind AbbVie’s income investor-friendly 3.3% yield.

In the case of Humira, it may be easier to look at what it isn’t approved for than what it is! The drug has seven separate anti-inflammatory indications including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, plague psoriasis, and Crohn’s disease, and most recently it was approved a year ago for ulcerative colitis. But even the best-selling drug in the world isn’t perfect — the FDA’s panel recommended against approving Humira by a vote of 12-1 for the treating an inflammatory disease of the spine.”

Of these Lipitor,

‘Ranbaxy, the international Drug Manufacturer admitted in the United States to charges of making and distributing adulterated drugs at its two Indian plants of Paonta Sahib and Dewas and agreed to a $500 million settlement.”(https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/ranbaxy-sold-adulterated-drugs-liptor-admits/)..

The best-selling statin is atorvastatin which in 2003 became the best-selling pharmaceutical in history, with Pfizerreporting sales of US$12.4 billion in 2008., is now fond to be a cause for Breast Cancer in women.(https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2013/07/20/cholesterol-control-drug-causes-cancer)

Plavix,Side effects.

Side effects, Plavix.
Plavix side effects.http://www.florida-drug-litigation.com/

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking clopidogrel:

More common

  • Chest pain
  • collection of blood under the skin
  • deep, dark purple bruise
  • itching, pain, redness, or swelling
  • pain in general
  • red or purple spots on the skin, varying in size from pinpoint to large bruises

Less common

WARNING

SERIOUS INFECTIONS AND MALIGNANCY

SERIOUS INFECTIONS

Patients treated with HUMIRA are at increased risk for developing serious infections that may lead to hospitalization or death [see WARNINGS ANDPRECAUTIONS]. Most patients who developed these infections were taking concomitant immunosuppressants such as methotrexate or corticosteroids.

Discontinue HUMIRA if a patient develops a serious infection or sepsis.

Reported infections include

  • Active tuberculosis (TB), including reactivation of latent TB. Patients with TB have frequently presented with disseminated or extrapulmonary disease. Test patients for latent TB before HUMIRA use and during therapy. Initiate treatment for latent TB prior to HUMIRA use.
  • Invasive fungal infections, including histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, candidiasis, aspergillosis, blastomycosis, and pneumocystosis. Patients with histoplasmosis or other invasive fungal infections may present with disseminated, rather than localized, disease. Antigen and antibody testing for histoplasmosis may be negative in some patients with active infection. Consider empiric anti-fungal therapy in patients at risk for invasive fungal infections who develop severe systemic illness.
  • Bacterial, viral and other infections due to opportunistic pathogens, including Legionella and Listeria.

Carefully consider the risks and benefits of treatment with HUMIRA prior to initiating therapy in patients with chronic or recurrent infection.

Monitor patients closely for the development of signs and symptoms of infection during and after treatment with HUMIRA, including the possible development of TB in patients who tested negative for latent TB infection prior to initiating therapy [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS andADVERSE REACTIONS].

MALIGNANCY

Lymphoma and other malignancies, some fatal, have been reported in children and adolescent patients treated with TNF blockers including HUMIRA [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Post-marketing cases of hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma (HSTCL), a rare type of T-cell lymphoma, have been reported in patients treated with TNF blockers including HUMIRA. These cases have had a very aggressive disease course and have been fatal. The majority of reported TNF blocker cases have occurred in patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis and the majority were in adolescent and young adult males. Almost all these patients had received treatment with azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine (6–MP) concomitantly with a TNF blocker at or prior to diagnosis. It is uncertain whether the occurrence of HSTCL is related to use of a TNF blocker or a TNF blocker in combination with these other immunosuppressants [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].”

Sources.

http://www.rxlist.com/humira-drug.htm

http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/guide/cholesterol-lowering-medication

http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/10/20/the-3-best-selling-drugs-in-the-world.aspx

Cholesterol Control Drug Causes Cancer

The best-selling statin is atorvastatin which in 2003 became the best-selling pharmaceutical in history, with Pfizer reporting sales of US$12.4 billion in 2008., is now fond to be a cause for Breast Cancer in women.

Earlier Studies were conducted on women for Five years, did not reveal any contraindications, side effects.

But recent research has proved that Statin causes Breast Cancer, in addition to Myositis and myopathy,and Diabetes

Women who take statins for more than a decade face double the risk of contracting the most common type of breast cancer.


Liptitor Atorvastain Tablet
January 12, 2012 — According to a new analysis of data from the Women’s Health Initiative, post-menopausal women who were taking a statin medication had a 50% increased risk of developing Type-2 diabetes. Statins are a type of cholestorol-lowering medication, and include Lipitor, Levacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Crestor and more. The increased risk was found for all statins.

The best-selling statin is atorvastatin which in 2003 became the best-selling pharmaceutical in history, with Pfizer reporting sales of US$12.4 billion in 2008., is now fond to be a cause for Breast Cancer in women.

Earlier Studies were conducted  on women for Five years, did not reveal any contradictions, side effects.

But recent research has proved that Statin causes Breast Cancer, in addition to Myositis and myopathy,and  Diabetes

Women who take statins for more than a decade face double the risk of contracting the most common type of breast cancer.

Alarming findings raise new concerns over the long-term safety of a widely prescribed medicine in the UK.

Previous studies have suggested the cholesterol-lowering drugs, used by an estimated eight million men and women, can reduce the risk of certain cancers – including the breast form of the disease.

However, most research looked at patients who had only been on them for five years or less.

The latest findings identified invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) which starts in the ducts of the breast before spreading inwards. It accounts for around seven out of ten breast cancer cases.

The experts at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, US, also found the chances of getting invasive lobular carcinoma, which accounts for ten to 15 per cent of breast cancers, went up almost 2.5 times in some women on statins long-term.

Around 48,000 women in Britain are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, equal to around 130 a day. A woman has a one in nine chance of developing the disease at some point in her life.

The reasons why the anti-cholesterol pills might stimulate cancer growth are unclear.

The researchers said one explanation may be that statins affect hormone regulation in the body, especially as the study found women on the drugs were significantly more likely to suffer cancers driven by the hormone oestrogen.

 Atorvastain causes the following side effects.

Atorvastatin may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • gas
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • forgetfulness or memory loss
  • confusion

Some side effects can be serious. The following symptoms are uncommon, but if you experience any of them, call your doctor or get emergency medical help immediately:

  • muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness
  • lack of energy
  • fever
  • chest pain
  • nausea
  • extreme tiredness
  • weakness
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • loss of appetite
  • pain in the upper right part of the stomach
  • flu-like symptoms
  • dark colored urine
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • hoarseness

Atorvastatin may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online [at http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch] or by phone [1-800-332-1088].

From personal experience, I can say that the  use of Atorvastain did not lower my cholesterol level and my Level went up by 15% after its use for 5 years.

I was informed by the Doctor that Atorvastain was not responsible and increase in Cholesterol level was due to stess and my change of Lifestyle.

I have told him that there was no such changes and I discontinued the drug.

Now Cholesterol level is normal.

We invite more disease by taking medicines!

Source:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2370825/Statins-risk-women-Taking-cholesterol-lowering-drug-years-doubles-chances-common-breast-cancer.html

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a600045.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statin#Adverse_effects

Related:

https://ramanan50.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/ranbaxy-sold-adulterated-drugs-liptor-admits/

 

 

 

Drug Companies Paid Doctors To Prescribe Lists

It is known hat Doctors resort to unethical practices.

I have posted how a Doctor forced a patient to undergo operations to complete the target and the patient turning up Dead!

Under Health, I have also listed various unethical practices by the Doctors , Hospitals.

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.

Following is an excerpt from their investigations.

The next time your doctor prescribes a medicine, recall this and check if the medicine is really needed and will help you.

“When Dollars for Docs first launched in 2010, ProPublica spoke with several of the dozens of doctors who had earned more than $200,000 from their speaking and consulting work for drug companies. Now, with records from more companies and more years of data, we’ve identified 22 doctors who’ve earned at least $500,000 since 2009 — including one, Jon Draud, who was paid more than $1 million.”

The totals listed here cover different time periods and spending categeories, and aren’t directly comparable. See notes below. See what each company discloses »


It is known hat Doctors resort to unethical practices.

I have posted how a Doctor forced a patient to undergo operations to complete the target and the patient turning up Dead!

Under Health, I have also listed various unethical practices by the Doctors , Hospitals.

ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. Our work focuses exclusively on truly important stories, stories with “moral force.” We do this by producing journalism that shines a light on exploitation of the weak by the strong and on the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them.

Following is an excerpt from their investigations.

The next time your doctor prescribes a medicine, recall this and check if the medicine is really needed and will help you.

Money paid by Drug Companies to Doctors.
Drug Companies Paid Doctors.

“When Dollars for Docs first launched in 2010, ProPublica spoke with several of the dozens of doctors who had earned more than $200,000 from their speaking and consulting work for drug companies. Now, with records from more companies and more years of data, we’ve identified 22 doctors who’ve earned at least $500,000 since 2009 — including one, Jon Draud, who was paid more than $1 million.”

The totals listed here cover different time periods and spending categeories, and aren’t directly comparable. See notes below. See what each company discloses »

Company Total Disclosed
AbbVie
Disclosed: July to Sept. 2012
$6.9M
Allergan
Disclosed: July 2011 to Sept. 2012
Ranges*
AstraZeneca
Disclosed: Jan. 2010 to Sept. 2012
$236.1M
Cephalon
Disclosed: Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2012
$89.7M
Eli Lilly
Disclosed: Jan. 2009 to June 2012
$490.6M
EMD Serono
Disclosed: Jan. 2011 to Sept. 2012
$4M
Forest
Disclosed: Jan. to Sept. 2012
$60.8M
GlaxoSmithKline
Disclosed: April 2009 to Sept. 2012
$238.6M
Johnson & Johnson
Disclosed: Jan. 2010 to Sept. 2012
$54.6M
Merck
Disclosed: July 2009 to Sept. 2012
$224.3M
Novartis
Disclosed: Oct. 2010 to Sept. 2012
$54.2M
Pfizer
Disclosed: July 2009 to Sept. 2012
$538.2M
UCB
Disclosed: Jan. to Sept., 2012
$7.2M

Source:

http://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/

Largest Criminal Fines Assessed on Companies In US.


BP has  agreed to pay $4.5 billion in a settlement with the federal government over the April 2010 explosion of the drilling rig Deepwater Horizon. The agreement includes nearly $1.3 billion in criminal fines, with the rest of the money going to several government-related entities. The criminal fine is the largest in U.S. history and eclipses a 2009 fine against drug-maker Pfizer Inc.

BP Logo_/bp-4.jpg
BP Logo.

 

1. Following is the List of Heavy Fines imposed by The Justice Department, US.

$1.256 billion in criminal fines, November 2012, against BP PLC for various charges related to the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon and the resulting oil spill. An estimated 172 million gallons of crude spilled into the Gulf, fouling marshes and beaches, killing wildlife and closing vast areas to fishing. Eleven workers died in the blast. The spill was the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster.

2. $1.195 billion, October 2009, against Pfizer Inc. as part of a settlement of criminal and civil allegations that it promoted the anti-inflammatory drug Bextra for uses and dosages the Food and Drug Administration had rejected because of safety concerns.

3. $956.8 million, plus $43.2 million in forfeitures, October 2010, as part of a GlaxoSmithKline PLC settlement for misbranding the drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin and for failing to report post-approval studies of the drug Avandia to the Food and Drug Administration.

4. $700 million, May 2012, against Abbott Laboratories Inc. as part of a settlement for unlawful promotion of the prescription drug Depakote.

5. $515 million fine and $100 million forfeiture, January 2009, against Eli Lilly and Co. as part of a settlement for off-label marketing of antipsychotics.
 http://www.seattlepi.com/news/science/article/Largest-criminal-fines-against-companies-in-the-US-4041813.php#ixzz2CMzAj6UV

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Avandia: GlaxoSmithKline Accused Of Covering Up Heart Risks Of Diabetes Pill (VIDEO) -They are not alone

Pfizer has also some skeltons in the cup board
These are a couple of instances reported.
Whether their products cure or not, sure they can harm you.
Where is FDA? Where are the Doctors?



Pfizer has also some skeletons in the cup board
These are a couple of instances reported.
Whether their products cure or not, sure they can harm you.
Where is FDA? Where are the Doctors?

Nov. 11 (Bloomberg) — Researchers say trials of Pfizer Inc.’s Neurontin epilepsy treatment for uses that were not yet approved may have been skewed to emphasize favorable results.

Comparisons of internal company documents with published data from 12 clinical trials found inconsistencies between data that made it into the medical journals and findings from the original trials, according to a report in tomorrow’s New England Journal of Medicine. Discrepancies included reports of positive results from trials that were initially found to be negative, and primary study goals reported as secondary study goals.
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=azEz6zlMyS0I&pos=7
Global pharmaceutical behemoth Pfizer (which is in the process of acquiring fellow US drug major Wyeth in a $68 billion deal), and its subsidiary Pharmacia & Upjohn (acquired in 2003), have agreed to pay $2.3 billion, the largest health care fraud settlement in the history of the US Department of Justice, to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from the illegal promotion of certain pharmaceutical products, the Department announced on September 2.
http://www.thepharmaletter.com/file/75336/pfizer-to-pay-23-billion-for-fraudulent-marketing-us-justice-dept-reveals.html
Story:
GlaxoSmithKlein hid the fact that their drug, Avandia, caused heart risks for 11 years, according to the New York Times.

Avandia was once a huge seller for GSK, but its potential ties to heart attacks caused the FDA to do a 700-page review of the drug ahead of a meeting that will decide whether or not it will continue to be sold.

The company reportedly knew the risks of the drug as early as 1999, but declined to make their information public for fear of losing millions.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/13/avandia-glaxosmithkline-c_n_644481.html?utm_source=chrome