Meanwhile, Lundbeck pays American medical experts to continue its ugly business in the US, blatantly disregarding its involvement in the death trade and dismissing all proposed options to steer clear from executions.
Lundbeck’s CEO, Ulf Wiinberg, admits to DR News that two US experts, Professor Lawrence J. Hirsch of Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and Michael D. Frost MD from Minnesota Epilepsy Group, both received money from the drug company. But the CEO denies that it has affected them in their decision to recommend that Lundbeck’s Pentobarbital must remain on the US market:
“Believing that those two doctors had to come out and say that they would like to see our drug on the market because they have received a fee, is far-fetched, I think”
says Ulf Wiinberg to DR News.
“This is obviously about dollars and cents for Lundbeck, and it is Lundbeck’s decision to measure how much dollars and cents weigh against the ethical scrapes, and this case gives them this opportunity”
A number of Danish experts said to DR News that Lundbeck’s drug, Pentobarbital, is no longer used in Denmark and several other countries.
“It’s probably been 10 years since I last used Pentobarbital. The drug was replaced many years ago by new products that are more effective and have fewer side effects”
says Bjarke Rogvi-Hansen, a consultant in neurology at Rigshospitalet – Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark’s leading hospital for patients needing highly specialized treatment. He is surprised that Lundbeck – backed by two US experts – warns that the removal of its drug would have consequences for US epileptics:
“The argument I do not understand is that we have alternatives which are more suitable and which can also be used in the US”
says Bjarke Rogvi-Hansen.
Meanwhile, Lundbeck’s CEO Ulf Wiinberg believes:
…”If you’re a professor at Yale, you do not sell your idea for a small fee”.
Obviously, the fee must have been appealing enough to recommend Lundbeck’s pentobarbital not be withdrawn from the US market.
Lundbeck’s ugly business is exposed on all fronts and on both sides of the Atlantic.
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