Vioxx kills, Merck profits

Updated: 21 May 2008, 23:35

Originally written: 17 April 2008

Canwest News Service reports that research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that in 2001, Merck knew from its internal analysis that Alzheimer's patients taking Vioxx had three times the risk of death, compared to patients taking a placebo. In 2003, Merck submitted that data to U.S. drug regulators. Three years after Merck knew of the increased risk of death, Merck recalled Vioxx.

According to the article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Merck “minimized the appearance of the mortality risk.”

Another article in the Journal of the American Medical Association alleges that Merck offered to pay doctors to pretend to have written “studies” ghost written by unnamed writers.

The banner on the Merck and Co. web site highlights the phrase “Where patients come first.” Under capitalism the overriding “first” for business is profit, not patients.

Defenders of capitalism will, no doubt, blame Merck's actions on a few bad individuals or a corrupt company. That has always fooled people in the past. So instead of blaming the cause —production for profit — people will blame human nature. History has shown that people are more willing to believe that people are naturally bad, than to believe that capitalism is naturally bad for people. Every time capitalism proves that it naturally pushes companies to cheat and lie and let people die, people blame their supposed human nature.

Capitalism keeps proving that it is a failure for the vast majority, and people keep ignoring the proof.

Capitalism continues to kill people because people acquiesce to capitalism and refuse to hold it culpable for its endless slaughter.

Capitalism's Gravediggers uses harsh, inflammatory words to describe capitalism. That upsets some people. People should get upset about capitalism, not at the people who point out the deadly facts about capitalism.
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