Sunday, May 18, 2008

Most Trusted?

Deutsche Marks, Death and Denial

On the 15th May 2008, after a long battle, Bayer was finally forced to withdraw its Trasylol drug from the market. If they had done so when they first knew it was dangerous, thousands of lives could have been saved. This is the latest instalment in the history of a company steeped in controversy; one in which profit has always been made at the expense of people.

Bayer AG was founded in Germany in 1863. In 1898 they were responsible for introducing heroin to America as The Sedative for Coughs and continued to market it after being aware of its damaging effects. As we shall see, this is a recurrent theme of Bayer’s practises.

In World War I, Bayer manufactured poisonous gasses used in the trenches such as chlorine gas and mustard gas. During World War II it became part of IG Farben, a conglomerate of German chemical industries which formed the financial core of the Nazi regime and used slave labour from the Birkenau concentration camp to produce its products. One of Farben’s developments was Zyklon-B, used by the Nazis to gas victims in those same camps.

Bayer executive Fritz ter Meer was sentenced to seven years in prison by the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal for experimenting on prisoners. During his trial, in reference to the experiments he said, “concentration camp prisoners were not subjected to exceptional suffering, because they would have been killed anyway.” He was made head of the supervisory board of Bayer in 1956, after his release.

Bayer continued to grow, becoming the third largest pharmaceutical company in the world. In the mid-1980’s they sold a product called Factor VIII concentrate, which can stop or prevent bleeding in people with haemophilia. Several companies, including Bayer, were involved in selling Factor VIII which had been discovered to have been infected with HIV. In the United States, AIDS was passed on to thousands of haemophiliacs, many of whom died, in one of the worst drug-related medical disasters in history.

However it wasn’t until 2003 that the New York Times revealed that Bayer had continued producing and selling this infected product to Asia and Latin America after February 1984 when a safe product was available, in order to save money.

‘‘These are the most incriminating internal pharmaceutical industry documents I have ever seen,” reported Dr. Sidney M. Wolfe in the Times, who as director of the Public Citizen Health Research Group had been investigating the industry’s practices for three decades.


Bayer, science for a better life.

Yea right!

They are right up there with the rest of the hazardous substance producers being a big of a bunch of crooks.

Hey anybody know where I can buy some of that "Heroin"? I feel a bit of a twinge....



DEN said...

Hotter than hell here for the past four days, 100's, gas prices to $3.99/gal.

The end is near!

Jim Webb danced around the VP question on Press the Meet today.

That will be the next big excuse for the MSM to yack it up.

Ice tea in the corner(too hot for coffee) watermelon on the side.


David B. Benson said...

No, not hotter than hell. Just warm.

Hotter Than Hell comes in a few years!

•c•arol said...

It's still cool here. That's not normal. By this time of year all the windows are open and I'm sweating buckets, doing a million outdoor jobs.

I guess all the heat is trapped on the left coast.

David B. Benson said...

Carol --- Its headed your way.

carey said...

Thought I'd lollygag in. It's hot here too.

The foreboding onslaught of climate change packs more of a wallop in the heat, David.

carey said...

Mario Cuomo hawked Clinton as VP on Face the Nation.

I don't reckon that's going to happen.

Saladin said...

Wow, humans are just never happy are they? Too cold in the winter, too hot in the summer, it's gonna get hotter, it's gonna get colder-SHEESH! Earth does not answer our every beck and call, get used to it! Oh, I forgot, we really haven't been here for long.


Den said...

Jeez Sal, you seem stressed, better lay off the iced tea for a while.

DEN said...

Buggers made me sign in agin.

DEN said...

The crowd covers the lawn here at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, from the streetside entry gates down to the Willamette River. Portland fire officials estimate 60,000 people are packed inside the park proper and another 10-15,000 are watching outside the gates. Spectators are lining the bridge behind Obama and watching, bikini-clad, from boats on the river.

The stump speech is Obama's standard riff - 30 minutes long and counting now, despite the sun beating down on the candidate. He's added a few Oregonian flourishes, drawing big cheers when he said the country can learn from Portland's commitment to mass transit and bicycle lanes. The biggest applause came when he denounced the Iraq war; Oregon is a hotbed of anti-war activism.

At one point, someone in the crowd shouted an expression of love at Obama. He broke his speech for a moment: "I love you too," he said.

"If you vote for me on Tuesday," he said, "We won't just win Oregon. We'll win this nomination, we'll win this general election. And you and I together, we'll change this country, we'll change the world."

Seventy-five thousand people seemed to like the sound of that.

by Jim TankersleyBaltimore of all places had the story
BIG O was well received in Portland I guess.

DEN said...

nighty nite time..............