“Much of what the drug industry does fulfills the criteria for organized crime in US law,” Dr. Gotzsche said in arecent interview. “And they behave in many ways like the mafia does, they corrupt everyone they can corrupt, they have bought every type of person, even including ministers of health in some countries…The drug industry buys the professors first, then chiefs of departments, then other chief physicians and so on, they don’t buy junior doctors.”
Gotzsche isn’t the only one accusing pharmaceutical companies of wrongdoing beyondthe marketing malfeasance they’re famous for. In Australia, during the Vioxx class action suit brought against Merck, company emails were released revealing that Merck employees planned to “neutralize” and “discredit” doctors who criticized the drug. “We may need to seek them out and destroy them where they live,” a Merck employee wrote, according toThe Australian. Apparently, uncooperative physicians were targeted to lose academic appointments and research funding for telling the truth about thenegative side effects they observed.