From LA Times via The Truth About Vaccines … “You know. The same company that the CDC helped cover-up the link between the dangerous MMR vaccine and autism. The same company that has TWO of it’s own scientists fighting them in court right now over falsifying the effectiveness of the mumps portion of the MMR vaccine….the same company that uses aborted fetal cells in the rubella/R portion of the MMR vaccine.”
Judge finds Merck lied in patent trial, overturns $200-million verdict
The public already holds drug manufacturers in low esteem – and now they’ve got more fuel for their opinion. Federal Judge Beth Labson Freeman of San Jose last week found that Merck & Co. lied to a business partner and to the court itself. Freeman threw out a patent infringement judgment Merck had won against Gilead Sciences, and overturned a $200-million jury award.
This was a big deal, involving one of the most profitable drugs on the market today — Foster City, Calif.-based Gilead’s blockbuster Sovaldi treatment for the hepatitis C virus — and the world’s fourth-largest drug company Merck.
It’s also an enormous black eye for Merck, whose activities the judge said consisted of “systematic and outrageous deception in conjunction with unethical business practices and litigation misconduct.”
But the case does more than raise questions about the integrity of a huge corporation. It’s a window into the extent to which the nation’s overworked patent inspectors can be misled by applicants backed by big corporate war chests in pursuit of billions of dollars in potential profits.
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