Recently, Bayer Pharmaceuticals has come under a lot of scrutiny, due to some of their recent problems with some of their products that were mass produced, and sold to millions of consumers. Products in question include but, are not limited to these examples would be, Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Minera etc.
With that being said this is not the first time that Bayer has been under such scrutiny. Bayer A/K/A IG Farben use experimental drugs were tested on Auschwitz & Mauthausen-Gusen prisoners. Auschwitz & Mauthausen-Gusen were two of many concentration camps throughout Germany. Bayer along with several other smaller chemical companies in Germany were the biggest single financier of the Nazi party from 1933 to 1944.
I.G. Farben attempted to shake its abominable image through corporate restructuring and renaming the company Bayer after World War II. Which proved to be pure genius, because most people don’t know Bayer was/is responsible for some of the worst atrocities in written history. The fact that Bayer is now under fire for negligence due to not warning its consumers of all possible side effects of drugs and products they have produced, shows that like tigers Bayer has not changed it’s stripes.The drugs Yaz, Yasmin, & Ocella are all pretty much the same drug with different names as a way to increase profits. When Yasmin and it’s counterparts were released in 2001, Bayer did not tell the users of these product that it could possibly cause, blood clots, gallbladder disease, deep vein embolism, heart attack, pulmonary embolism or stroke. Which in essence means that Bayer is still doing human experiments.
We can also use the drug Thalidomide for example. Thalidomide was first released in the US in the late 1950′s, as a drug prescribed to pregnant mothers to help aid them with morning sickness. It was considered perfectly safe and had even received FDA approval. As a result of taking Thalidomide while pregnant several women gave birth to babies who were born without arms or legs. It was later removed from the market in 1961. Thalidomide was a drug developed by wartime Nazis from one of their many chemical weapons experiments used on Jews. Would you believe that the FDA has once again approved the use of Thalidomide?! It is a drug used to help treat chemotherapy patients with cancer. It is also still considered safe.
While this article is mainly about the history of Bayer, I would also like to discuss big pharmaceuticals companies in the US as a whole. While Bayer has many skeletons in its closet they are not alone in human experimenting in the US. Below I have cited just a few of the experiments that the US has done on its citizens over the years.
There was experimental drug testing centers in the US. New York City children’s homes (during the late 1980s and 1990s) & For the EPA’s proposed CHEERS study: Health care centers in Duvall County, Fla.
Experimental drug test subjects were mainly poor people — including children in poor families, orphans and foster care children; immigrants; mentally ill and mentally challenged individuals and prisoners.
For CHEERS: Children born to low-income, minority families
Potential test subjects were given long forms written in language they may not understand (either because they are immigrants or because it’s written in obscure technical jargon) as “informed consent”
In the New York City children’s homes: Forced non-compliant children to take experimental AIDS drugs by feeding them medication through tubes placed in their stomachs
In 1986, New York pediatrician Henry Heiman infects a 4-year-old boy whom he calls “an idiot with chronic epilepsy” with gonorrhea as part of a medical experiment (“Human Experimentation: Before the Nazi Era and After”).
In 1906 Harvard professor Dr. Richard Strong infects prisoners in the Philippines with cholera to study the disease; 13 of them die. He compensates survivors with cigars and cigarettes. During the Nuremberg Trials, Nazi doctors cite this study to justify their own medical experiments (Greger, Sharav).
In 1948, Based on the secret studies performed on Newburgh, N.Y. residents beginning in 1945, Project F researchers publish a report in the August 1948 edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association, detailing fluoride’s health dangers. The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) quickly censors it for “national security” reasons
Also, in 1990, The CDC and Kaiser Pharmaceuticals of Southern California inject 1,500 six-month-old black and Hispanic babies in Los Angeles with an “experimental” measles vaccine that had never been licensed for use in the United States. Adding to the risk, children less than a year old may not have an adequate amount of myelin around their nerves, possibly resulting in impaired neural development because of the vaccine. The CDC later admits that parents were never informed that the vaccine being injected into their children was experimental (Goliszek).
The FDA allows the U.S. Department of Defense to waive the Nuremberg Code and use unapproved drugs and vaccines in Operation Desert ShieldBeing forewarned, is being forearmed. Despite popular belief ignorance is not bliss.