The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Front Men

The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Front Men

By the Children’s Health Defense Team

[Note: This is Part X in a series of articles adapted from the second Children’s Health Defense eBook: Conflicts of Interest Undermine Children’s Health. The first eBook, The Sickest Generation: The Facts Behind the Children’s Health Crisis and Why It Needs to End, described how children’s health began to worsen dramatically in the late 1980s following fateful changes in the childhood vaccine schedule.]

The pharmaceutical has a “complex and mutually-dependent” relationship with physician trade groups and physicians. Although the details are not always fully or accurately documented, the funding trail can often provide revealing clues. Thus, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), one of the most notorious vaccine industry front groups, receives funding from all four manufacturers of childhood vaccines in the U.S. (Merck, Pfizer, Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline). The AAP also gets substantial funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—more than $20 million since 2009—over a third of which is explicitly vaccine-related.

Two other front groups that routinely propagate misleading information about vaccine safety are the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and Every Child by Two (ECBT). A 2017 analysis in The BMJ showed that—far from being credible and independent sources of information—these outfits, like AAP, receive significant funding from vaccine manufacturers and the CDC, with a third of ECBT’s annual funding coming from the CDC. With industry and CDC funding in hand, these front groups can guarantee vaccine makers’ ability “to influence policy without having to stand on the front lines.”

Currently, Pediatrics [AAP’s journal] is also leading the way in browbeating vaccine questioners by drumming up faked concerns about “vaccine hesitancy” and parental noncompliance.

Enlisting medical journals

The pharmaceutical industry advertises in the medical journals that are affiliated with the AAP and other physician organizations. This advertising generates anywhere from a tenth to a third of total revenues. In fact, advertising income not infrequently outpaces revenues earned from subscriptions.

In return for their advertising lucre, the journals published by medical trade groups—such as the AAP’s journal Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians’ Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)—willingly disseminate uncritical and substandard vaccine research. Thus, Pediatrics has published studies since the early 2000s—by authors with blatant conflicts of interest—designed to hide any relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism. Currently, Pediatrics is also leading the way in browbeating vaccine questioners by drumming up faked concerns about “vaccine hesitancy” and parental noncompliance.

Various financial incentive programs also encourage pediatricians and family doctors to follow the CDC vaccine schedule, including insurers who give bonus payments to practice groups who achieve specified vaccination targets.

Co-opting physicians

Americans can be critical of physicians who own drug company stock or receive lavish meals or other freebies from the pharmaceutical industry, but the public generally accepts that financial ties of one sort or another are pervasive. On its end, the pharmaceutical industry has considerable expertise in turning physicians into “a cog in their marketing machine.” Thus, encouraged by the AAP and other trade groups, physicians have by and large been willing participants in the U.S. vaccine program. With few exceptions, few doctors are willing to rock the boat, no matter how many vaccines are added to the schedule […]

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6 thoughts on “The Pharmaceutical Industry’s Front Men

  1. RoundUp’s active ingredient, Glyphosate is allowed as residues. These residues are permitted in vaccine production and contamination: consider the implications of the ‘PERMITTED’ ingredients, as listed in the Codex Alimentarius of the United Nations, which governs Pesticide Residues allowed in foods, feeds and animal products. [Link Below]

    Vaccines are grown within eggs, or in farm animal blood serum, which are legally allowed five parts per million of Glyphosate residue. The primary countries where vaccines are produced, Brazil, India, and the USA, all use Glyphosate, & Roundup. None of the vaccine producers advertise organic material.

    Since Glyphosate is an artificial Amino Acid, it can fit into the growing vaccine proteins, mistakenly in place of one of the hundreds of Amino Acids that form each protein.

    Please consider a simple solution: Inoculations could be safer, if grown on organic materials!
    The vaccine mutations are unpredictable, but haunting stories reflect results expected by the legal and regulated residues, as listed in the following link:
    Note the link, which shows farm animals get allowed RoundUp residues 100X human foods – and animals get no choice nor variety.
    —– and Cui Bono? Vaccines using the residues, in farmer animals’ tissue or eggs, will be rejected. Authorization of replacement, at government risk again, but to a very suspicious and sensitised public with growing citizen rights Resistance. Big Pharma will be nicknamed Pig Pharma for their greed, laughing all the way to the bank. —-
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  3. I’m glad you are broaching this subject, but as you know, the pharmaceutical industry does not only use doctors and doctor groups for vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies are the major advertisers in all medical trade journals, provide major sources of funding to academic research, advertise on television and other mass media, and infiltrate programming with their version of “normality.”

    As you point out, the CDC also fronts for Big Pharma, yet its ostensible role is that of protecting public health. You don’t mention the FDA, but it is also a Big Pharma co-dependent. For instance, the FDA has approved one opioid analgesic after another in this era of “opioid epidemic,” yet no one suggests we put brakes on the FDA. Who regulates the regulators?


  4. To be honest, Katherine, I don’t think the FDA or CDC (or Big Pharma) can be reformed. I believe the only way consumers can be reasonably protected from shoddy Big Pharma practices is to nationalize the pharmaceutical industry.


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