Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Pharma Smith

That investigation resulted in a $762 million fine.

At Amgen, and before that at Pfizer, Smith was not a doctor, or a chemist, or anything remotely like that. He was not healing the sick.

With my two arts degrees, I am very glad that such matters are not handed over to BAs in History and French.

Thus equipped, Smith was a lobbyist. That was his job.

A lobbyist for the privatisation of the NHS. A lobbyist for a company that illegally promoted a drug to cancer patients in a way that increased the likelihood of their deaths.

It is not a "smear" to say so. It is a fact. A fact of the utmost significance to his ambition to lead the Labour Party and the country.

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