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02.27.10

Head of Global Health for the Gates Foundation Has Criminal Baggage in the Pharmaceutical Cartel

Posted in Bill Gates, Finance, Microsoft, Patents at 6:57 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Federal investigation against the bully who was appointed to run the vaccine patent projects for the Gates Foundation

Bill Gates helps create monopolies in food and drugs. With Monsanto executives joining the Gates Foundation, it is clearly a complex situation. It’s no better than when Monsanto executives enter the government and the FDA (see diagram) in order to assist Monsanto from deeper inside the system.

But anyway, it might not be just Monsanto that’s using the Gates Foundation to support their former employer; it’s important to remember that Gates also has billions of dollars invested in — not donated to — the Pharmaceutical Cartel [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. It’s about patents that grant them a monopoly on life-saving drugs.

According to this new report from Philanthropy.com, a “Gates Official Comes Under Investigation by Senate Committee”:

The head of global health for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is under scrutiny by members of Congress for his previous job at one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

The Senate Finance Committee is investigating whether the drug company GlaxoSmithKline knew of possible health risks associated with the diabetes medicine Avandia. The committee’s senior members, Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana, and Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, released a report over the weekend that says that the company intimidated outside researchers from studying the drug.

[...]

Only a small portion of the 334-page report focuses on Dr. Yamada. But it says he made phone calls to officials at the University of North Carolina and the University of Pennsylvania to shut down studies of possible negative side effects of Avandia.

At the University of Pennsylvania, two researchers said that phone calls by Dr. Yamada and other drug company executives “were highly unprofessional and had a chilling effect on their professional activities.”

We have seen other such threats in recent months, specifically those which are intended to silence witnesses. Groklaw covered this at the time. And let’s not forget how the healthcare reform got derailed by a huge number of lobbyists (thousands of them) corrupting the government. This post and this site are not about the Pharmaceutical Cartel, but the relevance to Gates’ greedy operations need not be overlooked. According to watchers of Gates, “The Gates Foundation contracts with India’s most corrupt state”:

It will be interesting to see how the Gates Foundation deals with the corruption endemic to Bihar. And what will they do for security? Form their own private army?

Here is the article from India:

A memorandum of understanding will soon be signed between the Bihar government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for executing a slew of health projects in selected districts of the state.

Memorandum of understanding. Isn’t that wonderful? There are other new criticisms less worthy of a mention, but the take-home message is that Gates hires offensive executives from the same abusive companies that he invests in. The way it’s presented in the media typically echoes the spin which comes from Gates’ marketing team, but not everyone is buying it; not those who are close to the scene anyway.

“Gates has created a huge blood-buying operation that only cares about money, not about people.”

AIDS organisation manager, December 2009 (New York Times)

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