Pfizer in 1961

Dr Vernon Coleman

I am shocked when I hear people express surprise at the fact that Pfizer seems to be a bad company.

Look at this short piece which I wrote nearly 50 years ago.

`In 1961 the British Minister of Health, Enoch Powell, decided that Pfizer were charging too much for their tetracycline, and he took the unusual step of invoking the Patents Act and importing antibiotics from Italy where there are no patents on drugs.’ – extract from `The Medicine Men’, by Vernon Coleman (1975)

Drug companies have always been bad.

And, having written about the pharmaceutical industry for 50 years it is my opinion that Pfizer has always been one of the drug companies I’d put high on my `Worst in the World’ list.

Copyright Vernon Coleman March 2022