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Corrupted data on gene therapy approved to treat babies

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

big pharma corrupts data but keeps approval

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  • While medical fraud is not new, recently revealed information demonstrated experimental data was manipulated by Novartis prior to FDA approval of the most expensive treatment on the market, costing a patient $2.1 million for treatment of a rare muscle wasting disease affecting approximately 400 children each year
  • In a letter to the acting head of the FDA, five senators spoke of the pharmaceutical industry's expectation of privilege and concurrent greed, calling for the FDA to hold the company accountable and pointing out that the company benefited from taxpayer-funded incentives and obtained a fast-track approval through the regulatory process
  • The FDA appears confident the drug will remain available as the new Novartis chief executive works to restore the reputation of the company following allegations of price-fixing, past data manipulation and the decision to hire Michael Cohen, President Trump’s ex-lawyer who pleaded guilty to making false statements to Congress
  • In their 2018 Annual Report Novartis expressed concern over pressures to be transparent in their business dealings, including interactions and payments to health care professionals. In the past five years they have divested the company of their interests in vaccine production, over-the-counter medications and animal health to focus attention on the development and sale of prescription drugs

The exposure of medical fraud is not new. In the past, drugs have been brought to market before clinical trials revealed a deadly list of side effects, including heart attacks and deaths, as in the case of Vioxx. ProCon.org published a list in 2014 of 35 drugs pulled from the market after research revealed they caused more damage than benefit to users.

You need only take a cursory glance at the epidemic that opioid manufacturers have caused in their search for profit, sometimes boasting they could become an “end-to-end” provider by supplying both the addictive drug and the cure for the addiction.


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