by Mike Adams
the Health Ranger
July 17, 2012
GlaxoSmithKline employee and
whistleblower Blair Hamrick has helped
make medical history.
Together with his colleague Gregory
Thorpe, Blair blew the whistle on criminal practices taking place
inside GlaxoSmithKline which have now led to the largest criminal
admission and financial settlement in the history of western
paying a $3 billion fine while
pleading guilty to felony crimes.
Blair recently joined Mike Adams on the Health Ranger Report for a
video interview. In this astonishing interview, Blair describes his
firsthand knowledge of the "bribery" of physicians, the push for
off-label marketing of drugs for unapproved health conditions, the
illegal marketing of drugs to children, how 80 percent of physicians
were willing to be "on the take," and other astonishing details from
behind the scenes of the criminally-operated
medical mafia known as
Full video below:
Blair Hamrick is also being interviewed on live national radio by
Mike Adams on the Alex Jones Show, Tuesday, July 17th, beginning at
12 noon Eastern / 9 am Pacific (www.InfoWars.com).
Those who miss
the live broadcast can download the audio file from the Alex Jones
Show archives at www.PrisonPlanet.TV
Below, we've published selected transcribed statements from Blair
Hamrick as revealed in the above videos.
The worst decision ever made by any drug company
The $3 billion settlement was achieved with the help of the
known as Kenney & McCafferty,
specializing in whistleblower cases.
"When our clients were forced out of their marketing positions,
GlaxoSmithKline ('GSK') had proof of illegal off-label prescription
drug marketing. Our clients properly reported those marketing
misdeeds to management in 2001.
An ensuing GSK internal
investigation verified their allegations, but the company took no
action, choosing hefty profits over compliance and patient safety,"
said whistleblower attorney Tavy Deming of Kenney & McCafferty.
"GSK could have saved hundreds of millions, perhaps a billion or
more dollars of the $3 billion it paid today by following through on
the combined Human Resources/Corporate Compliance investigation
they launched. Instead they ignored evidence of improper marketing
and physician kickbacks.
When you look at the detail and accuracy of
Greg Thorpe's written complaints distributed to the highest levels
of Glaxo it's almost surreal that the company took no corrective
action. Now more than a decade later, GSK is essentially admitting
that Thorpe had been right in 2001," Kenney said.
"It's been a very,
very, very long 10 years for whistleblowers Thorpe and Blair
Court documents reveal even more details
There is a document containing selected pages from the "seventh
amended complaint" filed in the U.S. District Court of
Massachusetts, where Gregory Thorpe and Blair Hamrick sued Smith
Kline Beecham and GlaxoSmithKline.
The document shows some of the
GENERAL ALLEGATIONS against GlaxoSmithKline.
These allegations are vast and disturbing.
From 1997 to the present and continuing, GSK's marketing plan,
devised at a senior executive level, has been to "Exploit the Bolus"
of government-funded healthcare programs such as Medicaid and
Tricare, with the direct and intended effect of causing the
submission of false claims to such programs as identified herein.
GSK has illegally and fraudulently promoted and marketed the sale of
its drugs for off label, non-medically accepted uses... As part of
this scheme, GSK overtly and aggressively targeted physicians
identified by GSK's prescription tracking methods to have the
largest volumes of patients enrolled in government-funded healthcare
programs such as Medicaid and Tricare.
GSK has paid illegal remuneration (i.e. kickbacks) to physicians and
other health care providers with the purpose and intent of inducing
those physicians and healthcare providers to prescribe GSK drugs in
return in violation of the federal Anti-Kickback law and the
analogous anti-kickback laws of the Plaintiff States.
Top level GSK managers and executives, including but not limited to,
GSK's Chief Executive Officer J.P. Garnier
current President of
Pharmaceutical Operations David Stout
Vice Chairman of
Pharmaceuticals (and former President of Pharmaceutical Operations)
Robert A. Ingram
Senior Vice President Stan Hull
Vice President and Head of Corporate Compliance Arjun Rajaratnam,
...have been aware of GSK's illegal marketing schemes
and have played an active role in supporting and promoting these
Astonishing quotes from whistleblower Blair Hamrick
The following are all quotes from Blair Hamrick, as found in this
Health Ranger Report interview with Mike Adams (above video.)
How it all began:
It started out, we were discussing where the company was going and
how the company had taken a turn asking us to do unethical and
illegal things. Selling drugs off label.
Selling drugs to children
that the drug says specifically in its package insert this drug is
not indicated for children under 18, but they were asking us
specifically to sell it to children.
Being trained to sell drugs off label:
When we would have regional meetings, we would train on how to sell
How to find niche products for instance, like
it was indicated for depression, but then apparently they were not
satisfied with the amount of money they were making, so they started
pushing it for weight loss, for pediatrics, for sexual dysfunction.
You've probably heard the quote, this catch phrase went around to
doctors you could only see for a brief second. Hey doc, remember Wellbutrin is the happy horny skinny drug. These are catch phrases
that drills the name of the drug in the back of the doctor's mind,
and they get duped into writing prescriptions for a product that may
not be appropriate.
That was for when you only had a minute to talk to the doctor.
Remember Wellbutrin it's the happy horny skinny drug.
Now, if you
actually got the opportunity to speak to the physician for a
sit-down appointment, you may then start talking about things like
intimacy and depression, and how with the competitor drugs like
Paxil, patients have problems with their libido, and you should use Wellbutrin because it increases the libido, so depending on what
your primary drug was to promote, we were trained on uncovering what
doctor's objections were and then to come back, and spin it so that
the doctor would start writing your drug.
About off-label marketing:
When a company actively markets a drug that is not indicated for a
specific disease state, that is a violation of the law. ...And it's
About spinning side effects:
With those studies, you're trained to focus on how well it works,
but don't focus on the side effects so much. You don't really want
to bring that one up. If they ask the questions, then you can
address it, but let's spin it in a very positive manner.
[We would say] well, doctor, the insomnia [side effect] is
transient. So it's only a problem for the first couple of days. Once
your patients acclimate to the drug, the insomnia will fade away. So
it's a spin machine.
For instance the drug Advair for asthma. They came out with the
S.M.A.R.T. data, showed an increase incidence of death in African
So the study was stopped, they had black box
warnings in the package insert, we were trained to tell the doctors
well, doctor, you know most people of lower socioeconomic conditions
are not compliant with their medications, so with Advair you don't
have to worry about your patients not taking their inhaled
corticosteroid because Advair is a combination of an inhaled
corticosteroid and a long-acting beta-agonist.
So it's always a
spin, so they were basically, according to our complaint, taking a
very negative dangerous outcome of a drug [study] and trying to spin
it as positive.
About corporate responsibility for products that harm consumers:
When you look at a drug like Wellbutrin, and it has a 0.1% incidence
of seizure, that's one in a thousand, but if you're that one person
that has a seizure, it's 100 percent [for you].
Where [we] drew the
line is realizing that if a child has a seizure, who's responsible?
Is it the doctor? Is it me? Is it the company? Where does the buck
And unfortunately in the corporate world, there are so many
veils of protection that... they're a corporate defendant which is
nothing more than a table full of attorneys, and nobody pays the
It's offensive. In my opinion, they have no regard whatsoever for
precious human life... But I have suffered nothing compared to a
parent whose child has committed suicide on Paxil. Imagine how
horrifying that is. It's so repulsive.
You're just talking about a
bad company run by bad people, in my opinion.
About holding drug company CEOs criminally responsible for their
When will the public be outraged and say enough is enough? Because
this kind of behavior will continue until somebody goes to prison.
They're hurting our children. It's offensive, it's immoral, it's
unethical, and for a company to have the slogan of letting people do
more, and live longer and do better, and then hide behind that
slogan [while] you're telling your sales reps to sell off-label to
children... how evil does it get?
It just doesn't get any more evil
Illegal kickbacks and the bribery of doctors
I was promoted when I was with Glaxo, after about two years with
Glaxo, to a specialty position, I was called a therapeutic area
specialist. So one of my jobs was to recruit local speakers, to
become trained on the drugs to go and speak to other physicians.
You're taking them down the primrose path of payoffs.
First, they have to start writing the drug, and if they're not
writing the drug enough, you have to get on them about that, then
when they do a speaking program at $2,000 for 30 minutes - anywhere
from $500 to $2500 for a half-hour talk - then if the message they
are sending is not exactly the way you want it to go, then
the doctor about here's our marketing message, this is the point we
want to get out to other physicians... so yes, I saw it firsthand.
I even had doctors who, when I walked into their office and they
found out I was the therapeutic area specialist, they were like hey,
can you set me up with the speaking program? Because it's extra
There are even doctors out there, they make so much money on
the speaking tours, they start hiring nurse practitioners or other
doctors to see their patients, and they may only go into the office
two or three times a month. Because they're out speaking. It's so
lucrative... [they can make] $6,000 in one day to do three
half-hour presentations... And most of the slide shows come from
the company marketing departments.
At the time I left Glaxo, they had over 40,000 speakers on their
According to court documents, GlaxoSmithKline had actually developed
a network of "speakers" (i.e. primarily doctors receiving kickbacks
for writing prescriptions) totaling 49,000.