“Between 1991 and 2017, drug companies paid more than $38 billion in fines and settlements to federal and state governments: many of those companies-including Merck pleaded guilty to having misled doctors and the public about drug safety and efficacy. (GlaxoSmith Kline led the pack with $7.9 billion in financial penalties). Even so that seemingly enormous amount of money represents a miniscule percentage of drug company profits over the same period, and drug company executives were rarely jailed for wrongdoing. Increasing sales by misleading American doctors (even when this involved breaking the law) had become central to Big Pharma’s business strategy.”
“John Abramson, MD, MSc: ”sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We can Repair it”: Mariner Books 2022.