Friday, December 4, 2009

VP of Pfizer Canada appointed to Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Well getting back to the pharmaceutical industry,though really MKUltra and the pharmaceutical industry are not entirely unconnected..............

More recent news, and yeah, you read it right.
Pfizer (Canada) Vice President and Medical Director Bernard Prigent was appointed to the council of Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
And, Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq is not reconsidering the appointment, because as she says
there is no conflict of interest.
Some others beg to differ

Prigent's three-year appointment on Oct. 5 was criticized by bioethicists such as Jocelyn Downie, Canada research chair in health law and policy at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

Downie questioned Prigent's conflict of interest between serving shareholders of Pfizer and the public interest as a member of the CIHR's governing council.

Last week, bioethicists including Downie signed a petition opposing the appointment. As of Thursday, the petition had nearly 3,200 signatures.

However supporters claim, and this is laughable-
"Prigent's appointment say he will bring a private-sector voice to the council and help ensure wise spending"

Hilarious really, who are they kidding!

FYI: CIHR gives grants to researchers across the country working in health and medicine.

Hmm, how many grants will make their way to Pfizer?


  1. I think there was such a non-reaction to this because NO ONE was surprised.


    Par for the course these days.


  2. Hilarious. It always staggers me that public officials utter such things and no one bursts out laughing. Perhaps that's why you go to journalism school? To learn not to laugh at such obvious bullshit?

  3. Nobody,
    It's actually a sad measure of how much they can do do, obviously and out in the open, without resistance.

    The public i mindlessly controlled, and no matter what WE say, the masses have a great big "meh" about it. The social conciousness is at an all time low, and political awareness (real politics mind you, not cardboard cut-out liberal/conservative politics) is also down there.

    We need to pas on education of this bullshit through evey means necessary . . . I don;t care if it's a comment here or there, letting people know ho you think, etc - but wee all need to work towards it.

    What can I say, I'm an optimist. A drunk optimsit, I might add.

  4. slozo:

    I agree Canadians non reaction to the very obvious conflict of interest and the absolute bullshit claim about big business bringing wise spending is a sign of no political awareness, or no real awareness anyway.

    Can the people not put two and two together and come up with four.
    Business, wise spending?
    That is an oxymoron.
    Particularly in the case of big business.