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Healthc Policy. 2010 May;5(4):16-25.

Tough on Crime? Pfizer and the CIHR.


The appointment of Dr. Bernard Prigent, vice-president and medical director of Pfizer Canada, to the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, outraged many Canadian health researchers. Pfizer has been a "habitual offender," persistently engaging in illegal and corrupt marketing practices, bribing physicians and suppressing adverse trial results. Since 2002 the company and its subsidiaries have been assessed $3 billion in criminal convictions, civil penalties and jury awards. The $2.3-billion settlement in September 2009 - a month before Dr. Prigent's appointment - set a new record for both criminal fines and total penalties. A link with Pfizer might well advance the commercialization of Canadian research - unhindered by law or morality. Is that now the only mandate, Dr. Beaudet?


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