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[News] Pfizer in the Middle of Massive Fraud Again

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Pfizer Pays $2.3 Billion to Settle Marketing Case

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| Marketing fraud cases against pharmaceutical companies have become almost 
| routine, with almost every major drug maker having been accused of giving 
| kickbacks to doctors or shortchanging the Medicaid program on prices.   


Pfizer whistleblower's ordeal reaps big rewards

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| Kopchinski, appalled by Pfizer's tactics in selling the pain drug Bextra, 
| filed a "qui tam" lawsuit in 2003, sparking federal and state probes that led 
| to Wednesday's agreement by the company to pay $2.3 billion in civil and 
| criminal penalties and plead guilty to a felony charge for promoting Bextra 
| and 12 other drugs for unapproved uses and doses.    
| "In the Army I was expected to protect people at all costs," Kopchinski said 
| in a statement. "At Pfizer I was expected to increase profits at all costs, 
| even when sales meant endangering lives. I couldn't do that," added 
| Kopchinski...   



New Advertising Trend: Fake "Public Service" Ads

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| MyTimeToQuit.com. The ad has the look and feel of a public service
| announcement, and mentions neither Pfizer, nor the popular smoking cessation
| drug it promotes -- Chantix (varenicline). The ad represents a growing trend
| in drug advertising called "help-seeking ads," which don't mention a drug by
| name, but instead address the condition the drug is meant to treat, and then
| drive viewers to a toll-free 800 number or a Web site that offers an option
| to learn more about a prescription drug meant to treat the condition. It is a
| sneaky, but legal way to advertise drugs that have particularly bad side
| effects, since avoiding mentioning the drug by name lets the company off the
| hook for listing its bad side effects in the ad, too, according to the U.S.
| Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules.



Pfizer's computers zombied 

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| Rick Wesson, CEO of Support Intelligence, said this has been going on for six 
| months. He's collected 600 spam emails to prove it and adds that 138 Pfizer 
| IP addresses have been blacklisted by various spam-fighting groups.  

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