Donald Rumsfeld Rakes in $5 Million For Tamiflu

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has made more than $5 million from selling shares in the firm that discovered and developed the flu drug Tamiflu.

He also retains shares worth $25 million or more. Tamiflu is bought in mass quantities by the government in order to treat a predicted outbreak of avian flu.

The drug was developed by Gilead Sciences. Mr. Rumsfeld was on the board of Gilead between 1988 and 2001, and was chairman starting in 1997. When he left to join the Bush administration, he retained a large shareholding .

In 2003, the year before concerns about bird flu began, the company took a loss. But in 2004, Tamiflu sales nearly quadrupled, and then nearly quadrupled again in 2005.

Divestiture of his stocks in the corporation is not required by the Office of Government Ethics or the Department of Defense Standards of Conduct Office.



Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Some people may feel I have a grudge against the US Republican party. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a non-partisan issue.

The fact is that government is controlling the media that justifies them purchasing large amounts of drugs for an non-existent epidemic that personally benefits the current U.S. Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld. The issue would be the same whatever his political party.

This is nothing new here for Mr. Rumsfeld as he has a long history of dabbling in health chicanery.  At G.D. Searle he facilitated FDA approval for Nutrasweet.

More recently he served as head of Gilead Sciences, the company that developed, then leased the rights to Roche Pharmaceuticals, to the worthless flu drug Tamiflu.

When I wrote about Rumsfeld in December it was unclear just how much stock he held and how much it was worth. Now we know.

So far, Rumsfeld has made a "killing" (pun intended) on the stock market, and the estimations that set the current value of his remaining stock at $25 million are likely to be well under their actual value, considering Roche's decision to expand Tamiflu production.

Sadly, current ethics rules in American government don't prevent Rumsfeld from owning stocks or making money from health-harming substances like Tamiflu or aspartame, even though he likely has some say in their purchase or approval by the government, and therefore their stock value.

No surprise, since drug companies use their largesse to buy favors and influence from Congress and the White House.

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The most ironic thing about all of this is that not only is the "avian flu pandemic" a hoax for which there is no evidence, but Tamiflu can actually cause the flu virus to mutate into a more dangerous and potent viral strain, and may have even worse side effects.

Avian flu does NOT readily spread from birds to humans or humans to humans. Most of the (very few) people who have acquired this infection were bird handlers who were in continuous contact with sick birds.

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