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American medical school professors.

Without the ghostwriters and the guest writers and the Continuing Medical Education guys and gals and the hidden investors and … I dunno… just all the folks on our med school faculties who find a way every single day to lend academic respectability to this industry, it wouldn’t get done!

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NPR asks:

Why the big jump in pharma fraud? More aggressive enforcement plays a role. But so does the dwindling pipeline of new drugs, which Public Citizen says pressures companies to “maximize sales of their existing products by any means.”

Despite the soaring penalties, the consumer group says the current system of prosecution and recovery isn’t working, because companies can take even the biggest settlements in stride. What’s needed, says Public Citizen, is more criminal prosecution — and the prospect of jail time for pharma executives.

UD‘s advice for academia’s pharmawhores: Keep at it. Look at the size of the settlements these companies can take in stride. Plenty of money here for everyone.

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“The danger to public safety and loss of state and federal dollars that comes with these violations require a more robust response,” [Sidney] Wolfe said.

Oh poo. Spare us the moralizing.

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Martha Rosenberg casts a fond eye back at the year in pills.

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