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GlaxoSmithKline: GUILTY in Largest Health Fraud Settlement in US History

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  • Purdue Pharma, the makers of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, is now doing clinical tests to get the drug approved for kids as young as 6-years old. Such pain killers have now been shown to be the primary gateway drug of choice, beating out marijuana, smoking and alcohol, and the consequences are far deadlier.
  • On July 2, the British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline plead guilty to three counts of criminal misdemeanor and other civil liabilities relating to the prescription drugs Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia, and agreed to pay a total of $3 billion in fines. The payment is the largest fraud settlement in U.S. history, and the largest fine ever paid by a drug company.
  • TV and radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky (aka “Dr. Drew,” of sex-advice-giving fame) allegedly accepted $275,000 to illegally promote GSK's antidepressant Wellbutrin for sexual dysfunction
  • According to a 2010 report by the Public Citizen's Health Research Group, just four companies, including GlaxoSmithKline, accounted for more than half of all financial penalties imposed against pharmaceutical companies over the past two decades
  • It has become abundantly clear that fines do NOT work. To dampen the rampant criminal behavior enveloping the drug industry, individuals responsible for and complicit with these criminal acts must face criminal charges

By Dr. Mercola

One of the biggest news stories relating to health right now is the finalization of the biggest lawsuit yet by the American government against a pharmaceutical company.


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