Dr. John Abramson – Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care

“The two most trusted medical journals in the United States published incorrect, manufacturer-biased reports about major drugs. The FDA knew both articles misrepresented the data but did not correct the misleading information.”
John Abramson, MD.

Dr. John Abramson was a family physician for 22 years and has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 25 years, where he teaches healthcare policy. He also served as a pharmaceutical litigation expert and unpaid consultant for the FBI and the Department of Justice.

Dr. Abramson was involved in a landmark case you may have heard about, one that resulted in Pfizer agreeing to pay $2.3 Billion dollars for making fraudulent claims about their pain medication Bextra. This is the largest criminal fine in the history of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dr. Abramson is the author of Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine and his latest book Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Healthcare and How We Can Repair It.

Dr. Abramson has done so much to expose the abuse of the pharmaceutical industry over the years. It takes a lot of courage to stand up to billion-dollar corporations and call out their corrupt behavior.

This interview is a real eye-opener but be warned, your head might explode.

Note: Dr. Abramson’s video freezes up at several points during the interview, but the audio is perfect. Enjoy!

Watch our interview below, or listen to it on the Chris Beat Cancer podcast on iTunes or Spotify.

Show Notes
-How Dr. Abramson became a medical and pharmaceutical industry watchdog [1:20]
-The extensive damage of the Vioxx drug [8:04]
-Spoiler alert: Medical journal editors do not get access to clinical trial data [12:00]
-Fines paid by drug companies often don’t fit the crime [15:15]
-The FDA does not correct medical journals when they present inaccurate data  [21:07]
-Drug companies are major financial contributors to the CDC, FDA, and politicians [26:40]
-The solution against pharma corruption is for the American people to rise against it [33:38]
-Tips on how to read medical studies [34:50]
-The sin of commission not the sin of omission [37:30]
-How the medical journals play both sides of the problem [40:17]
-Pfizer found guilty of fraud and racketeering [42:15]
-Drug companies primary concern is to maximize financial return to their investors [44:50]
-Multiple drug companies have been found guilty and convicted of criminal behavior [47:40]
-Pfizer is trying to conceal the data from their Covid-19 vaccine [53:33]
-A new level of skepticism toward the pharmaceutical industry [56:30]
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