Pfizer, a drug company which appears to have won the lottery to produce the first Covid-19 vaccine, is currently battling hundreds of lawsuits over Zantac, a popular heartburn medication. Zantac lawsuits claim the popular drug can be contaminated with a cancer-causing substance called N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The Zantac suits are open-ended and ongoing, as the drug maker is fighting them; but Pfizer has, we know, committed several crimes or transgressions for which it has been punished in recent years. The company’s failings are well documented and worth reviewing at this critical time in human history as we all search for answers.
At a time when much of the world has waited with baited breath for a vaccine that many hope will help restore civilized society to at least some semblance of normality, the history of Pfizer is rife with so much subterfuge and under-the-table dealing that the company will need all the help it can get to promote confidence in its hastily assembled Covid vaccine.
While legal heavyweights like the New York Bar Association and a celebrity attorney like Alan Derschowitz (who helped defend O.J. Simpson in his infamous murder trial) have called for mandatory (Read: forced) Covid vaccinations, it would seem at least reasonable to share all the information available on a company millions of people are expected to trust with their health, perhaps their very lives.
Customer Reviews Matter
Many people who purchase non-injectable products on ebay or Amazon do so only after they have done their homework. Many routinely investigate a seller’s record and customer reviews before buying anything these days. Therefore, it only stands to reason that many will prefer to do their own due diligence regarding a drug company before submitting to an experimental vaccine made by it.*
*Editor’s Note: We are not anti-vaccine. We are pro due diligence. The speed at which Pfizer’s Covid vaccine was produced, the absence of animal studies, randomized control trials, and other usual gold standard tests and procedures for a new drug are all, at the very least, concerning. In addition, all Covid vaccine makers have been granted complete legal immunity for any injuries or deaths they may cause. If these vaccine are as safe as advertised, why do their makers need blanket immunity?
Pfizer’s Checkered History
Those who don’t know Pfizer’s checkered history may wish to learn something about the company’s recent criminal and civil crimes, especially as the company’s Covid vaccine promotion is set at warp speed. The UK government has already purchased 30 million doses of Pfizer’s Covid MRNA vaccine. The company has said it is on schedule to produce 100 million doses by the end of the year, and an additional 1.3 billion doses next year.
Related: Pfizer Corporate Full Rap Sheet
Here’s a brief glimpse of Pfizer’s track record for safety and ethics. This is a very short list, by no means inclusive of the company’s long rap sheet.
- Pfizer received the biggest fine in U.S. history as part of a $2.3 Billion plea deal with federal prosecutors for mis-promoting medicines (Bextra, Celebrex) and paying kickbacks to compliant doctors. Pfizer pleaded guilty to mis-branding the painkiller Bextra by promoting the drug for uses for which it was not approved.
- In the 1990s, Pfizer was involved in defective heart valves that lead to the deaths of more than 100 people. Pfizer had deliberately misled regulators about the hazards. The company agreed to pay $10.75 Million to settle justice department charges for misleading regulators.
- Pfizer paid more than $60 Million to settle a lawsuit over Rezulin, a diabetes medication that caused patients to die from acute liver failure.
- In the UK, Pfizer has been fined nearly €90 Million for overcharging the NHS, the National Health Service. Pfizxer charged the taxpayer an additional €48 Million per year for what should have cost €2 million per year.
- Pfizer agreed to pay $430 Million in 2004 to settle criminal charges that it had bribed doctors to prescribe its epilepsy drug Neurontin for indications for which it was not approved.
- In 2011, a jury found Pfizer committed racketeering fraud in its marketing of the drug Neurontin. Pfizer agreed to pay $142.1 Million to settle the charges.
- Pfizer disclosed that it had paid nearly nearly 4,500 doctors and other medical professionals some $20 Million for speaking on Pfizer’s behalf.
- In 2012, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had reached a $45 Million settlement with Pfizer to resolve charges that its subsidiaries had bribed overseas doctors and other healthcare professionals to increase foreign sales.
- Pfizer was sued in a U.S. federal court for using Nigerian children as human guinea pigs, without the childrens’ parents’ consent. Pfizer paid $75 Million to settle in Nigerian court for using an experimental antibiotic, Trovan, on the children. The company paid an additional undisclosed amount in the U.S. to settle charges here. Pfizer had violated international law, including the Nuremberg Convention established after WWII, due to Nazi experiments on unwilling prisoners.
- Amid widespread criticism of gouging poor countries for drugs, Pfizer pledged to give $50 million for an AIDS drug to South Africa. Later, however, Pfizer failed to honor that promise.
Pfizer’s Covid vaccine is being rolled out with nothing but positive press from every mainstream media outlet in the country. Meanwhile, more than half of Americans surveyed have said they will not take a Covid vaccine. The plain fact is that many questions remain unanswered regarding this or any other Covid vaccine’s safety and efficacy.
What we do know, from legal history, is that Pfizer’s past transgressions might lead many reasonable people to question whether or not they will submit to any vaccine made by the company.