Why boycott Pfizer? For starters: illegal drug testing on children

At this point, you may be suffering from outrage fatigue.

If so, I’ve got just the thing for that: a good old-fashioned boycott.

Earlier this month I suggested that we all avoid purchasing products made by Pfizer. Of course, this Big Pharma giant makes a number of insanely successful prescription drugs, including Lipitor, Viagra, Celebrex, Xanax, Zoloft, Chantix, and Enbrel.

Now, I know most of you don’t take pharmaceuticals when you can avoid them. But Pfizer also produces quite a few over-the-counter drugs and non-drug products such as ChapStick, Advil, ThermaCare heat wraps, Anbesol oral pain reliever, Dristan, Robitussin, Preparation H, FiberCon, and the Centrum line of multivitamins.

So…why boycott? We’ll start with an item I sent you last summer…

Billion-dollar shell game

It’s not easy to become the Number One industry in the category of Defrauding the U.S. Government, but the drug industry managed to easily out-fraud every other commercial sector over the past 20 years. And what company topped that list? Pfizer. They coughed up a settlement of more than $2 billion for one infraction — illegal marketing of Bextra, their now-defunct painkiller.

Keep in mind that when the government is defrauded, your tax dollars are wasted. And that would be reason enough for a boycott. But then there’s also this…

Getting off easy

When you find out the details about Pfizer’s alleged illegal drug testing on children in Nigeria — and the subsequent efforts to deny the testing and then cover it up — you might never want to see the word “Pfizer” in your home again.

Bye bye, ChapStick! Adios, Advil! Farewell, FiberCon! (Oops…no pun intended.)

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