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FLASHBACK: Merck paid doctors nearly $20 million during six-month period to push drugs, vaccines


(NaturalNews) The corruption of the pharmaceutical industry runs deep, with new documents recently uncovered by VacTruth.com's Jeffry John Aufderheide revealing that drug companies routinely spend millions of dollars to indoctrinate physicians into promoting the latest drugs and vaccines. Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Inc., maker of Gardasil, reportedly spent nearly $20 million in "speaking fees" just during the final two quarters of 2009 to promote its drugs and vaccines, a small price to pay for the billions of dollars in profits it rakes in as a result.

Entitled "Merck & Co., Inc., Disclosure of Payments to U.S. Speakers for Promotional (non-CME) Medical Education Activities conducted in 3Q and 4Q 2009," the 72-page document outlines all payments made to so-called doctors for speaking engagements made on behalf of company interests during the stated period. Publicly released to set a precedent of transparency at Merck, which ironically ceased after this first report was published, the document outlines all payments disbursed for speaking engagements throughout the country.

This document can be accessed as a PDF here:

Drug companies pay fake 'doctors' to promote vaccines to real ones

As you will notice, there are literally hundreds of entries in this document for thousands of speaking engagements on HPV (human papillomavirus), diabetes, antibiotics, HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), and other health conditions for which Merck sells drugs. And all these engagements took place just in the second portion of 2009, which shows just how much Merck spends on direct marketing.

On average, each one of these individuals who claims to be a doctor, but who is really just a whore for the drug industry, was paid upwards of $2,000 per speaking event, and sometimes far more. When added up collectively, the sum amount paid by Merck for drug and vaccine promotion during the second half of 2009 was nearly $19 million -- and this is just for half a year.

Though documents outlining subsequent speaking disbursements have not been made publicly available by Merck, a rough estimate based on this document suggests that Merck spends some $40 million annually paying off doctors not only to promote drugs and vaccines to other doctors but also to act as authoritative representatives in vouching for the safety and efficacy of these same drugs and vaccines.

Merck 'hit lists' seek to discredit, destroy doctors who question vaccines

Fortunately, not every doctor is this easily persuaded by the enticements of greed and perceived elevated status within mainstream medicine. But those who buck the industry format and think for themselves, or who merely question the safety of drugs and vaccines, are often blacklisted, or worse. As explained by Aufderheide in a recent piece on the issue, internal Merck memos reveal that the drug giant actually has "hit lists" for doctors who refuse to go along with its agenda.

"Court evidence now available on-line at the University of California library shows drug giant Merck systematically targetted [sic] 'hit lists' of doctors to discredit, neutralize or destroy critics of the safety and effectiveness of Merck's drugs," explains Child Health Safety. "One memo stated: 'we may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live."

Likewise, Merck and others within the drug industry have long had a revolving door policy that rewards those in the regulatory sector who cater to its interests with cash sums or high-level executive positions. One such corporate whore is Julie Gerberding, a former head at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who was awarded the position of President at Merck's Vaccine Division after paving the way for the approval of the HPV vaccine Gardasil, which has injured and killed thousands of young girls.

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