An earlier In-Sights article included:
I have no doubt BC Liberal involvement with Big Pharma is at the root of high-level government decisions to knee-cap research into the safety and efficacy of more than $25 billion worth of pharmaceuticals sold each year in Canada.
Writing in the Vancouver Observer, family practitioner Dr. Warren Bell emphasizes and enlarges upon my inference:
B.C. Premier Christy Clark and her senior ministers are using every tactic in the book to avoid any sort of public disclosure of what happened behind the scenes when eight health researchers were illegitimately fired, one after the other, in the fall of 2012.
As a family physician for nearly 40 years, I have watched the pharmaceutical industry infiltrate into political and regulatory structures, as part of the general corporatization of society. What the Liberal government is now doing is simply one more example of how bought-and-sold officials sustain this pernicious process…
The relationship between the BC Liberals and Big Pharma had already been clearly mapped out years ago, with the formation of the Pharmaceutical Task Force, whose nine members were dominated by drug industry representatives, including — astonishingly — Russell Williams, “president of Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D)…
When the report of this body was finally released, it became clear that its primary purpose was to either destroy or severely limit an organization that had become a thorn in Big Pharma’s side. This was the UBC-based Therapeutics Initiative, a research body with a stellar international reputation for cutting through drug industry hype and delivering accurate information about drug effectiveness and hazards. It was, for example, the first group to question the safety of Vioxx, which was eventually taken off the market in 2004 because of severe harm to the heart.
Its withdrawal also caused $28 billion damage to the bottom line of its manufacturer Merck.
Christy Clark is using every political and legal tool at her disposal to cover up what really happened since the fall of 2012. The public needs to know if the premier’s longstanding support for the bottom line of the drug industry and resulting hostility toward industry critics influenced these firings.
…The context for this debacle clearly suggests that the relationship between Big Pharma and Christy Clark and her ministers is obscured by government obstructionism…
The only suitable outcome in this matter is for an outraged citizenry to exert relentless pressure on the provincial government, compelling it to come clean and allow the real story to be told.
Anything less will be a perversion of natural justice, and a continuation of business — big business — as usual.
Dr. Bell provides a prescription that might alter the current outbreak of Liberal obfuscation. A real cure requires the dedication to reform shown by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. The first bill introduced by her new government banned corporate and union contributions to political parties. The same response is vitally needed in British Columbia. As we’ve seen, lives depend on the change.