Hello, Novartis. The pharmaceutical giant has just been fined $50 million by the government of South Korea for bribing doctors to prescribe the company’s drugs.
FiercePharma reports: “Last year, prosecutors in the country [Korea] raided Novartis offices to gather documents and account books. South Korean officials later indicted a half-dozen Novartis execs, as well as more than a dozen doctors and five medical journal heads…The Korea Times says the criminal trial is now underway.”
A Novartis spokesperson called the crime “in violation of our policies and inconsistent with our culture…”
Really? There’s more.
FiercePharma continues: “Outside of Korea, Novartis faces separate bribery claims in Greece, where an official earlier this month said ‘thousands’ of people could be implicated.”
“The company faced other allegations in Turkey, which it now considers ‘unsubstantiated,’ and paid $25 million to U.S. authorities last year to settle a bribery investigation in China.”
Sounds like bribery might be central to the culture of Novartis.
You walk into a doctor’s office. He makes a diagnosis and writes out a prescription for a drug. Unknown to you, he’s been paid off to tell you to take the drug…
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Donald Trump’s FCC is trying to erase one of the most important public interest victories ever at the agency — the 2015 vote that established strong Net Neutrality rules and restored the FCC’s authority to enforce them.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is trying to take that all away and leave people everywhere at the mercy of the phone and cable companies — some of the most-hated companies in America.
Millions have spoken out for Net Neutrality — and not just because the open internet is a popular cause. Net Neutrality is sound public policy, safeguarding the same principles that have worked since the beginning of the internet.
The FCC’s 2015 ruling represented a return to fundamental laws — Title II of the Communications Act — that Congress wrote for the FCC to follow. In 2016, the federal courts upheld the FCC’s rules and authority. The record is clear and so is the law.
Let’s review: Congress has spoken. The FCC has spoken. The courts have spoken. And the people have spoken — loud and clear and repeatedly — saying that they want real Net Neutrality and need an FCC that will stand up to Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.
None of that is good enough for Ajit Pai. In place of these fundamental protections, Pai is putting forward a proposal that would ask these companies to voluntarily commit to protecting the web’s open and democratic nature.
In Ajit Pai’s fantasy world, all will be fine if the companies double-pinky-swear not to interfere with online pathways and portals — despite their long history of doing just that.
His justification for launching this attack on internet users is the utterly false and repeatedly debunked claim that the FCC rules are dampening investment to build out and improve networks. Do not believe Pai’s alternative facts.
The reality is that in the two years since the FCC’s 2015 vote, we’ve actually seen an explosion in over-the-top video competition as well as a dramatic increase in next-generation broadband network deployment. Aggregate investments by publicly traded ISPs are up by more than 5 percent since the order came down.
The only uncertainty in the market comes from Ajit Pai. He seeks to repeal successful rules and leave nothing in their place but cable-company promises to be good. …
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I have an idea: let’s give the biggest corporations and the luciferians which control them carte blanche to define reality for us.
If we have any hope at all of physically surviving the times to come it will be largely due to the glimpse of light that the net has given us, which has broken through centuries of lies piled on top of lies. We know the kind of monsters that control the media and pretty much everything else. They want to extinguish the light so they can have their way with us. You won’t find this speech on CNN:
Brzezinski: It is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control them