Dr. Trey Sunderland, chief of the geriatric psychiatry branch of the National Institute for Mental Health, sent Pfizer, the world's largest drug company, 3,200 tubes of spinal fluid and 388 tubes of plasma collected for Alzheimer's research.
Sunderland received $285,000 in consulting fees from Pfizer for the human tissue samples, which cost the federal government $6.4 million to collect, according to congressional investigators. From 1998 to 2004, Pfizer paid Sunderland over $600,000 total for outside consulting and speaking fees.
The tissue transfers were reported in a House Energy and Commerce Committee report, and were first reported by a government whistleblower. The findings have raised serious concerns about the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) ability to track valuable tissue samples and ensure top-level scientists do not abuse their positions.
A Pfizer spokesperson said the company had a transfer agreement endorsed by the NIH that allowed Sunderland to send the samples. However, an NIH spokesman said the agreement was made without NIH knowledge.
Don't you just love how Pfizer, the largest drug company on the planet, steals millions of dollars from the U.S. government by bribing NIH scientists?
It's not like they are a struggling company, as they are part of the most profitable industry on the planet. Last year alone they sold $10 billion of their nearly worthless drug Lipitor.
Fraud, deception and rampant conflict of interest at one of the most prestigious scientific research institutions in the United States is nothing new. If you review the Related Links section below my comment you will find multiple other times this type of issue has been recorded -- just in the last few years.
This occurrence involves just one individual, but previous ones have involved hundreds of scientists working for the NIH accepting cash prizes from universities that depend on that same governmental agency for research funding.
Add this to the evil marketing geniuses employed by the multi-national drug corporations that:
Don't be deceived and mind-controlled any longer. Be careful, VERY careful, anytime someone wants to convince you that a drug or pill is that answer to your health problem. If you follow the money trail very carefully you will soon find that someone other than you is likely to receive the major benefit of that recommendation.
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