You cannot buy a clear conscience with money
Despite a large salary, these people from the pharmaceutical industry chose to leave their jobs and show others how things really are behind the scenes. Most of them have written books or were seen in documentaries.
Dr. Peter Rost, former vice president of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies (Pfizer), talks about links between doctors and pharmaceutical companies.
Rost once wrote: ‘It’s frightening how many similarities there are between this industry and the mafia. The only difference is that all those people in the pharmaceutical industry see themselves as decent citizens. But if they come together as a group and run these businesses, something seems to happen. You can compare it to the atrocities in a war: people do things they would not be able to think of themselves. If someone is part of a group, he can do things he would not normally do because the group condones his actions.’
In 2004, Rost exposed the manipulation of figures at Pfizer. In December 2005 he was fired. He then wrote his book The Whistle Blower, in which he reveals the dark techniques this pharmaceutical company used to dismiss over 10,000 employees after the acquisition of the Swedish company Pharmacia.
Dr. John Rengen Virapen was an employee for the powerful pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly for 35 years, which he himself described as ‘one of the largest and most malignant pharmaceutical companies in the world’. He resigned to warn the public about the dangerous motives and bad practices within the pharmaceutical industry.
‘People die through the use of psychiatric drugs and this is legally allowed’, said Dr. Virapen. ‘I personally bribed Swedish officials to bring Prozac on the Swedish market.’
Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau made the movie Side Effects. The film is about Karly Hert who has been a so-called ‘legal’ drugs dealer for 10 years, because she works for a pharmaceutical industry. Karly has it all: a large salary, a company car, a wardrobe full of smart suits, but also a crunching conscience because of the profits over the backs of poor patients.
For 15 years Gwen Olsen worked for several pharmaceutical companies. She sold drugs and visited hospitals as a representative. She had a ‘spiritual awakening’ and suddenly realised what she was doing. She saw how she caused damage to her fellow human beings.
Olsen explains that pharmaceutical companies train representatives to inform people incorrectly. Over the past few years she has been giving presentations and lectures to inform people about this malpractice. ‘The industry is not trying to find a cure for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease or heart disease, because then the whole industry would suddenly be redundant. That’s not logical. The industry maintains the disease and only deals with symptom control.
Activists and researchers have known for decades that antidepressants are not more effective than a placebo. Yet there are 44 million people taking antidepressants,’ says Olsen.
Scott Cooper, who worked for years for vaccine manufacturer Merck, said he would never vaccinate his own children. He said his 24-year-old son was never vaccinated and has rarely been sick. In fact, the boy is always much healthier than his peers.
Brandy Vaughan also worked for Merck and said that compulsory vaccination is just about money, not for health. Vaughan investigated vaccines and discovered that they contain unsafe substances that can damage the body. Although she has worked for a vaccine manufacturer, she will never vaccinate her own child.