While the Canadian government is busy appointing Pfizer vp's in obvious conflict of interest positions, here is one on Pfizer and Eminent Domain, yes, taking people's land.
Pfizer abandons site of infamous Kelo eminent domain taking
The private homes that New London, Conn., took away from Suzette Kelo and her neighbors have been torn down. Their former site is a wasteland of fields of weeds, a monument to the power of eminent domain.
But now Pfizer, the drug company whose neighboring research facility had been the original cause of the homes' seizure, has just announced that it is closing up shop in New London.
Scott Bullock, Kelo's co-counsel in the case, told me: "This shows the folly of these redevelopment projects that use massive taxpayer subsidies and other forms of corporate welfare and abuse eminent domain."
That is fascism, might as well call it what it is.
Now, onto Merck and Vioxx
Merck To Settle Vioxx Suits For $4.85B
Pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. said on Friday it will pay $4.85 billion to end thousands of state and federal lawsuits over its painkiller Vioxx in one of the largest drug settlements ever.
But that is not all.
But Merck's ordeal isn't over: It's still facing criminal inquiries into charges that it knew about Vioxx's deadly side effects, and tried to cover them up.
To qualify for a claim plaintiffs must include medical proof that they suffered a heart attack or stroke, that they received at least 30 Vioxx pills and that they received enough pills to support a presumption that they were ingested within two weeks before injury.
What is interesting about that criteria is Merck has long claimed that Vioxx caused harm only after 18 months of use. However their criteria for medical proof of harm is only that you took thirty pills over a two week period.
And this drug got FDA approval? How, what studies did the FDA look at, or not look at?