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Sun 09 Jan 2005

Pharmaceutical industry gears up for Moore

Category : world

In August last year, I mentioned a book by former New England Journal of Medicine editor Marcia Angell, now a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School, who wrote a scathing critique of the pharmaceutical industry, "The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It."

Well, she now has a less discriminatory ally, Michael Moore. Last year Michael Moore announced in an LA Times interview that he is targeting the health care industry.

"Being screwed by your HMO and ill-served by pharmaceutical companies is the shared American experience."

The drug makers are definitely starting to feel queasy about Sicko and companies like Astra Zeneca, Wyeth, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis, Teva, Abbott Laboratories, Eli Lilly & Co., Arvetis and Sanofi-Synthelabo, have sent out specific and generalized alerts about "what to do if ambushed by the press or muckraking filmmakers." [link]

Well the Pfizer spokesman was humorous about it. He said, "We ran a story in our online newspaper saying Moore is embarking on a documentary - and if you see a scruffy guy in a baseball cap, you'll know who it is."

Apparently reports of Moore sightings are beginning to take on the mystique of an urban legend.

He hasn't let up on Bush and the Republicans though. He is gathering footage for Fahrenheit 9/11 1/2, due before the 2008 elections.

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