Monday, November 13, 2017

Repent, Sinners!

Apparently bioethicists have been paying no attention whatsoever to my sermons about the evils of taking money from pharma. I know, I know. "Even ethicists are on pharma's payroll?" you ask. "Yes, friends, it's true," I reply. "The world is a darker place than you can possibly know."  If you doubt it, just have a look at the bioethicists working for Pfizer: a three-time felon and architect of the evil Trovan meningitis study, 


David A. Boyko, MD, FFPM, Principal, David Boyko LLC; former Senior Vice President, Global Medical Affairs, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ

Ames Dhai, MBChB, FCOG (S.A.), LLM. Head of the Bioethics University of the Witwatersrand Medical School, Director of the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, Durban, South Africa

Jeffrey P. Kahn, PhD, Robert Henry Levi and Ryda Hecht Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy, and Deputy Director for Policy and Administration, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Baltimore, MD

Johan Karlberg, MD, PhD, Managing Director, Clinical Trial Magnifier Limited, Hong Kong SAR, PR China; Vice-President, Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES), Cambridge, MA

Bartha Knoppers, PhD, MA, LLB/BCL, Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University, Montreal (Quebec), Canada

James Lavery, PhD, Research Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and University of Toronto, Toronto (Ontario), Canada

Doris C. Schmitt, Doctor-Patient-Communication Consultant and Trainer, Medical Journalist, Board member Breast Cancer Biobank Foundation PATH, Konstanz, Germany

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

"Health inspectors found a man in medical scrubs holding a garden hose. He was thawing a frozen human torso in the midday sun."

Now there's an image that's hard to get out of your head.

From Reuters, a new investigation of the trade in human body parts:

In most states, anyone can legally purchase body parts. A Tennessee broker sold Reuters a cervical spine and two human heads after just a few email exchanges.

Through interviews and public records, Reuters identified Southern Nevada and 33 other body brokers active across America during the past five years. Twenty-five of the 34 body brokers were for-profit corporations; the rest were nonprofits. In three years alone, one for-profit broker earned at least $12.5 million stemming from the body part business.

There's big money in urine

Liquid gold, if you know how to work the angles.