NYT: Elizabeth Warren Calls on Former F.D.A. Chief to Quit Pfizer Board
Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday called on Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, to resign from the board of Pfizer, saying his decision to join one of the country’s leading pharmaceutical companies “smacks of corruption.”
Ms. Warren, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said in a public letter to Dr. Gottlieb that the revolving door between government and industry “makes the American people rightly cynical and distrustful about whether high-level Trump administration officials are working for them, or for their future corporate employers.”
Pfizer is one of the nation’s largest drug makers, with blockbuster products like Lipitor and billions of dollars in sales dependent on F.D.A. decisions.
In announcing Dr. Gottlieb’s election to its board — less than three months after he left the agency — Pfizer said: “Scott’s expertise in health care, public policy and the industry will be an asset to our company and enable our shareholders to continue to benefit from a board representing a balance of experience, competencies and perspectives.” Read more (there's a paywall) here.
Where was the outcry when CDC Chief Julie Gerberding joined Merck's Vaccine Division immediately after the waiting period? Or when Gerberding became High Exalted Queen Executive Muckety Muck of Global Domination after her stint running the vaccine division? Anywhoo.... Warren was a special ed teacher for a short while back in the early 1970s. Here's a bit of outrage from Senator Warren about former FDA chief Scott Gottlieb hopping over to Pfizer's board. And we can't blame her. It's revolting when the revolving door leads straight to the cash machine. How about a cool $300K to sit on the Pfizer board for Gottlieb? According to BuzzFeed's report on the Presidential candidates' thoughts on vaccination, Senator Warren has been fed the compan(ies) line that vaccines are safe safe safe have nothing to do with autism and always work... and she is in favor of mandates, which implies forced vaccination.
The Massachusetts senator responded after publication, saying she supported ending religious and personal exemptions.
"The more we do on the front end to ensure that everyone gets access to vaccines, the less we'll see individuals contracting hepatitis A, measles, whooping cough, and all of the other vaccine-preventable diseases. We must make sure there is robust public health funding so people have access to vaccines," Warren said.
"Medical data proves vaccines are not linked to autism, that they are safe, effective, and our best chance of protecting people from diseases. I support efforts to end religious and personal belief exemptions and believe that we must have real standards for what constitutes a medical exemption." Source https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/claudiakoerner/2020-presidential-candidates-vaccines-measles-health.