US and China Caught Secretly Testing GMO Rice on Children Instead of putting genetically modified foods through proper trials…
The German-based multinational Bayer has had a busy year, pleading guilty to defrauding the Medicare system out of approximately $100 million dollars. Their scheme was both deliberate and complex, with the company providing the federal government with false pricing information for prescription drugs, preventing Medicare from obtaining current discount prices.
Bayer also got busted this year by The Times of London for using British college students as guinea pigs in a rather crude pesticide study. Between 1998 and 2000, Bayer paid college students roughly $450 each to ingest their Baygon pesticide. When the students showed no short-term ill effects, Bayer argued that the British government should loosen restrictions on the use of pesticides. Most pesticide damage, however, is long term, including central nervous system damage, cancer and birth defects in offspring. This reality, of course, doesn’t bode well for the students involved in Bayer’s “study.” Antics like this make it hard to forget that Bayer’s parent company, I.G. Farben, was involved in similar acts of “science” carried out in Nazi-era concentration camps.
Bayer was also active this year settling lawsuits over deaths and injuries resulting from the use of their anti-cholesterol drug, Baycol. Especially embarrassing for the company was a New York Times piece documenting that they knew their drug was linked with causing a deadly muscle disorder, but kept it on the market none-the-less. In a similar story, The Times reported that Bayer knowingly sold a blood-clotting medication that was tainted with HIV+ blood cells in the mid 1980s, infecting hemophiliacs with AIDS. It turns out that they fixed the problem, but continued to sell the old tainted formula overseas until the supply ran out.