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Prostitution? Hey, it’s a living!

Sleeping with men (or women) for money is the world’s oldest profession. When times get hard, enterprising individuals get to bed – and earn some money.
I make no judgement on this – it is an honest profession where both the prostitute and the John know what they are in for and accept it all as just part of the job.
What I can’t abide is someone who prostitutes themselves without actually coming out and saying what they’re doing – especially when that prostitution has been going on for years and has cost the taxpayer millions of dollars – or tens of millions or billions of dollars – while also hurting others.
What 2 consenting adults get up to is one thing.
What Julie Gerberding has been doing is completely different!
For years, she has been sleeping with the drug companies; enjoying those morning after smokes, getting off on the money, the power and the illicit relations. We all knew it was happening but to be polite, we would turn our heads and look the other way. Who wants to see that sort of thing in public, after all?
For instance, in regards to the simple question of, “Are vaccines related to autism?” Well, Julie said they were on TV!  But behind closed doors – she murmured very different sweet nothings into Big Pharma’s shell like! After all, she knew where the money was coming from to turn her next trick.
And Julie was very public with what she did. She was the head of the CDC, after all.  This was an Affair to Remember – but one I think we’d all rather forget.
Now finally, Merck has tried to make a more dishonest woman of her by naming Julie the head of their vaccines division. So all those years of brown-nosing and denial that vaccines cause any problems at all – in fact, they are safer than mother’s milk – have finally paid off!
Congratulations Julie! Who says you can’t sleep your way to the top (or the bottom, depending on your perspective)?

Glaxo Said to Have Paid $1 Billion in Paxil Suits

Glaxo Said to Have Paid $1 Billion in Paxil Suits (Update2) – Bloomberg.com

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) — GlaxoSmithKline Plc has paid almost $1 billion to resolve lawsuits over Paxil since it introduced the antidepressant in 1993, including about $390 million for suicides or attempted suicides said to be linked to the drug, according to court records and people familiar with the cases.

As part of the total, Glaxo, the U.K.’s largest drugmaker, so far has paid $200 million to settle Paxil addiction and birth-defect cases and $400 million to end antitrust, fraud and design claims, according to the people and court records.

The $1 billion “would be worse than many people are expecting,” said Navid Malik, an analyst at Matrix Corporate Capital in London. “I don’t think this is within the boundaries of current assumptions for analysts.”

There is nobody watching the watchers

The Associated Press: GAO: FDA fails to follow up on unproven drugs

The FDA is supposed to be the government watchdog, making sure that the trillion dollar pharmaceutical industry does more harm than good. But who is watching the watchers? And is there actually a government in the US or is the government nothing more than a bunch of high-paid puppets whose strings are being pulled by pharmaceutical and other big business vested interests? Everyone who has lost a loved one to drugs which were supposed to have cured but instead, killed, should be up in arms and calling for immediate transparency and the heads of those like Sibelius and Gerberdering who have allowed this travesty to continue.