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.However supporters claim, and this is laughable-
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.
"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?