US Bernie Sanders supports UK Jeremy Corbyn

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bernie Sanders‘ Thoughts on Drug Company Fraud and High Cost of Medicine in America

On May 23, 2012, Senator Bernie Sanders criticized the exorbitant prices Americans pay for prescription drugs and the enormous amount of fraud that takes place within the pharmaceutical industry.

Abbott Labs, which agreed last month to pay $1.6 billion for illegally marketing the anti-seizure drug Depakote. The New York Times said the company also agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor charge for violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for misbranding.

Abbott Labs agreed to pay $421 million in 2010, along with two smaller companies, to settle charges that they deliberately spiked drug costs by up to 10 times the actual cost in order to boost reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid.

Pfizer [of British Blairite politician Owen Smith], which paid $49 million to settle charges that a subsidiary defrauded the Medicaid program by overcharging for the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor.

A division of Pfizer pleaded guilty to two felonies and agreed to pay $430 million to settle charges that it fraudulently promoted the drug Neurontin for a string of unapproved uses.

GlaxoSmithKline, which in 2011 reached an “agreement in principle” to pay $3 billion to conclude the company’s most significant ongoing federal government investigations into illegal sales and marketing practices for a diabetes drug that was severely restricted last year after it was linked to heart risks.

Merck, which in 2009 reached a $670 million settlement for fraud on patients and Medicare/Medicaid involving a conspiracy with hospitals to give the elderly cheaper drugs but charging them for the more expensive product prescribed by the patients’ doctors.

Merck last year pleaded guilty to a criminal misdemeanor charge and paid a $950 million settlement for illegally promoting Vioxx for rheumatoid arthritis before that use was approved. Vioxx was linked to thousands of heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths before it was pulled from the market in 2004.

Johnson & Johnson last year illegally marketed Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medication, to nursing home patients, and paid over $2 billion in fines, a mere 6.3 percent of sales from the drug.

By Luke James in Britain:

Sanders solidarity sent Jeremy’s way

Wednesday 24th August 2016

US socialist makes it clear Jez is electable

JEREMY CORBYN has won the highest profile endorsement yet for his campaign to be re-elected Labour leader — from US Senator Bernie Sanders.

Mr Sanders’s name has become synonymous with the global fight against injustice after his spirited, though ultimately unsuccessful, campaign to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

Now the most prominent socialist across the pond is backing Mr Corbyn’s bid to shake up the British political Establishment.

The Labour leader revealed on Monday night that he has received a message of support from Mr Sanders while addressing volunteers at a phone bank for his campaign in Walthamstow, north-east London.

He said: “We had a message yesterday from Bernie Sanders, saying that they condemned him because he wasn’t electable.

“And he said the reason they condemned him was because he was electable. And he represented a threat to the Establishment within the US.

“So I think you can see the parallels that are going on there.”

Mr Corbyn’s campaign team have said they are drawing inspiration from tactics used by Mr Sanders to mobilise young supporters and raise millions through small donations.

Mr Sanders also inadvertently waded into one of the most explosive issues in the Labour leadership contest this week when he railed on social media against pharmaceutical privateer Pfizer.

After the privateer snapped up rights to sell a prostate cancer drug, Mr Sanders wrote: “My message to Pfizer and the entire pharmaceutical industry is clear: The era of charging unconscionable prices must end.”

Owen Smith, who is challenging Mr Corbyn, has been criticised for his past as an £80,000-a-year lobbyist for the US company between 2005 and 2008.


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