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Passing The Buck Games for Multinational Drug Companies

ID Number: 47702
Maker: Peter Dunn; East London Health Project
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1985
Place Made: United Kingdom: London
Measurements: 45 cm x 61 cm; 17 11/16 in x 24 in
Main Subject: health
Materials: glossy paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Passing the Buck Games for Multinational Drug Companies The Transfer Price Game 1. Take a product like Valium (original price $20 per kilo) 2. Pass it through your subsidiaries, preferably using tax havens. 3. Raise the price substantially at each transfer . . . Object: to prove your firm "operates and may be expected to operate against the public interest" (Monopolies Commission report on Roche's activities) The Third World Game 1. Take un untried drug like injectable steroid contraceptives 2. Get 'consent' for testing from illiterate or low income groups 3. Unsual test groups: 75% black, 25% coloured--no whites! . . . Object: to maximise profits at lowest possible outlay whilst maintaining a reputation for high standards of safety The Control Games 1. Ensure that drug companies are not nationalised 2. Send each GP lcwt of advertising per month, plus lots of 'free gifts' 3. Ensure doctors prescribe by brand name, not generic name . . . Object: to put greed before need--Winner takes all ONE Published by the East London Health Project of Tower Hamlets & Hackney Trades Councils c/o THAP Bookshopo178 Whitechapel London E1. Supported by NALGO NUPE Tower Hamlets Arts Committee. Photomontage by Peter Dunn


Acquisition Number: 1995-056

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