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posted by martyb on Saturday May 25 2019, @04:49AM   Printer-friendly
from the profits-at-all-costs dept.

Infamous OxyContin-maker Purdue Pharma used front organizations and sponsored research to deceive the World Health Organization and corrupt global public health policies with the goal of boosting international opioid sales and profits, according to a Congressional report (PDF) released Thursday, May 22.

The investigation identified two WHO guidance documents that appear to parrot some of Purdue's misleading and outright false marketing claims about the safety and efficacy of their highly addictive opioids.

The findings, released by Reps. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) and Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), land as the country is still grappling with an epidemic of opioid abuse and overdoses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid overdoses kill an average of 130 Americans every day.

Clark and Rogers say that the motivation for the investigation follows a 2017 warning letter Congress members sent to the WHO. Given the opioid epidemic unfolding in the US, the lawmakers warned the WHO that opioid makers would try to expand into international markets, which could potentially trigger a global epidemic. But the Congress members say they didn't get a response (though the WHO disputes this).

"When the WHO failed to respond to the letter, we began to question why they would remain silent about such a significant and devastating public health epidemic," the report reads. "The answers we found are deeply disturbing."

Based on public records, the report outlines a tangle of organizations and individuals that connect financial threads from Purdue to WHO.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/05/world-health-organization-parroted-purdues-deceptive-opioid-claims-report-says/


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  • (Score: 2) by hemocyanin on Saturday May 25 2019, @03:01PM (2 children)

    by hemocyanin (186) on Saturday May 25 2019, @03:01PM (#847608) Journal

    Right -- just keep eating that gluten free low fat hemp infused macrobiotic vegan Mediterranean paleo diet and you will live forever.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 25 2019, @03:23PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 25 2019, @03:23PM (#847617)

    If you eat little enough of it (or anything else for that matter), yes. But who is promoting the "consume less" approach?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calorie_restriction [wikipedia.org]

    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170601-the-secret-to-a-long-and-healthy-life-eat-less [bbc.com]

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 25 2019, @04:01PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 25 2019, @04:01PM (#847634)

      Low carb is "consume less". That is how the diet works... you feel less hungry so you consume less.