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Drug Bust

September 9, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

By Shayne Weber

Have you taken any prescription drugs recently? Well, you should take a closer look the next time you do. A major drug incorporation, Pfizer, has broken the record for the worlds largest fraud fine for illegal drug promotions. These prescription drugs include Viagara, Zyvox, Lipitor and thirteen other drugs. The fine was a grand total of 2.3 billion dollars. Pfizer bribed doctors with luxury resorts, free golf rounds and luxury relaxation treatment.

This is not the first time Pfizer has had to pay a fine for illegal drug promotions. Doctors' credibility has greatly been affected by the recent scandal which has an impact on doctor-patient trust. The charges against Pfizer are that doctors were unduly influenced to promote drugs for purposes they are not intended for. Trust lost will be hard to regain.

When chemistry teacher at North Tama High school, Mrs. Brist, was asked what her thoughts are about drug companies bribing doctors to promote their drugs. "Sounds like malpractice to meit is just desecrating doctor to patient trust and responsibility of the doctor and it shows that greed is still a problem."

A trusting relationship is essential to health care. There is a problem when people that are entrusted with health care and patient well-being are taken over by greed. According to Mrs. Stull, librarian for K-12 at North Tama Schools, " I think the drug companies should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and sometimes in life, individuals and companies must realize they've been endowed with a sacred trust. I believe when you're dealing with the issues of health and the general public to be one of those times."



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