Dept of Justice snared in fraud over Pfizer prosecution: ‘Too big to nail!’

By Rady Ananda 

Last September, we reported “Pfizer slapped with $2.3 billion fine for illegally dealing drugs.” No one went to jail and Pfizer paid a tiny portion of its profits from illegally dealing Bextra from 2001 thru 2005.  In 2005 alone, Pfizer made $1.7 billion on that drug. Now, CNN has revealed that the Department of Justice allowed Pfizer to set up a dummy corporation to take the rap, so that Pfizer could maintain its Medicare and Medicaid contracts.

On April 2nd, CNN reported, “when it came to prosecuting Pfizer for its fraudulent marketing, the pharmaceutical giant had a trump card: Just as the giant banks on Wall Street were deemed too big to fail, Pfizer was considered too big to nail.

“Why? Because any company convicted of a major health care fraud is automatically excluded from Medicare and Medicaid. Convicting Pfizer on Bextra would prevent the company from billing federal health programs for any of its products. It would be a corporate death sentence.”

Money trumps law, public safety

“Prosecutors said that excluding Pfizer would most likely lead to Pfizer’s collapse, with collateral consequences: disrupting the flow of Pfizer products to Medicare and Medicaid recipients, causing the loss of jobs including those of Pfizer employees who were not involved in the fraud, and causing significant losses for Pfizer shareholders.”

No wonder Shakespeare said, “First, let’s kill all the lawyers.” When did federal prosecutors gain the legal right to take monetary consideration into mind when laws have been broken? ‘Too big to nail’ is as bogus as is ‘too big to fail.’

More Pfizer fraud revealed in its genetically engineered AIDS-like virus program

White collar crime; you don’t do the time. ~Grace Jones

In another stunning legal matter, Pfizer recently lost an employment claim when scientists became infected with a genetically-engineered AIDS-like virus, reports Raw Story. Pfizer supervisors threatened to falsify an employee’s reviews if she didn’t keep quiet about safety violations, eventually firing her.

“Becky McClain, [an award-winning] molecular biologist from Deep River, Connecticut, filed a lawsuit against Pfizer in 2007, claiming she had been wrongly terminated for complaining about faulty safety equipment that allowed a ‘dangerous lentivirus’ to infect her and some of her colleagues.”

In one instance, reports Steve Zeltzer, the virus was left “on a counter outside the lab where workers ate and drank.”

“If a worker in a plant as sophisticated as Pfizer is becoming infected with a genetically engineered virus, then I think the potential is everywhere,” said Jeremy Gruber, president of the Council for Responsible Genetics,” reports Hartford Courant.

McClain was awarded a paltry $1.37 million, plus punitive damages yet to be announced.

Honest citizens have to wonder about any corporation with this propensity for fraud being allowed anywhere near our health care system. We have yet another example that the US federal government is run by criminal interests.

11 responses to “Dept of Justice snared in fraud over Pfizer prosecution: ‘Too big to nail!’



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  3. OMG !!!
    NO, NO, NO !!!
    Beurk !!!

    ( C’est une fille ou garçon xD ) ?

  4. A company does not give a dam about prosecution it can pay or an arrangement can be made as in this case. It is the individual in the company who commits the crime and as they say should do the time. But that would make much to much sense and bring a real halt to these profitable business crimes against humanity. Just another example of the rotten, corrupt, mental pollution in Washington. Paul

  5. Not just Washington my friend.The whole corporate world is corrupt and politicians are their henchmen.Follow the money(profit)to see who is really in control.
    A world, Where Everyone Is Equal,is the only way to be heading.Then we would see POSITIVE change,change brought about,by the people,for the people.Change that is Ghandi like,peaceful and determined.Try it.

  6. I first found out about Pfizer and Bextra/Vioxx/Celebrex doing $5/hr interviews contracted by big pharma to a little sweatshop dba a “research” company next to the DOJ in Missoula, 2004. The managers would drop (very strong) hints about the use of crack (etc) on the job there, no doubt these were attempts to sell drugs to the high school / college workers on behalf of DEA/FBI or someone. My report to authorities was ignored (they claim that I’m psychotic). If a sucker won’t take the bait and smoke the community pipe, they’ll lay a false charge of violating the rules, usually by listening in on a tele call and twisting something around to make it appear that there was wrong doing. I’ve never used drugs, it appeared to me that this was fairly routine. They had some skinny little runts using their “hi” profile jobs in hopes of cashing in on a little DEA money if to succeed in suckering kids or poor people to buy a bag… oh yeah… I was about to retire and just took this unskilled job to tide over a few grocery bills – very scarey, and yes, that’s what they had been doing for years, probably still are.

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  8. $1.2 billion is hardly a slap on the wrist, and I think that the law making them ineligible for medicaid and medicare is a bad idea. But those guilty of fraud in corporations need to be criminally prosecuted. People probably died because of bextra, and that no one went to jail because of this is a real crime. The only way to stop this kind of corporate crime is if the individuals committing it know they may go to jail.

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