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President Trump in January issued an order weakening Obama-era ethics policies, allowing lobbyists to work at agencies they had sought to influence. The Trump order did limit what lobbyists could do once they entered government, banning them from directly handling issues on which they had lobbied. But the administration may not be even following that.
Big Pharma has written more than $30 billion in checks in the last 10 years to resolve government allegations of illegal marketing, according to consumer watchdog group Public Citizen. Yet those sums are essentially petty cash for the drug giants, says Public Citizen, amounting to less than 5 percent of the net profits raked in by the 11 largest global pharmaceuticals firms over a similar period.
Thanks to closed-door hearings, sealed records and a court ruling with large sections blacked out, even the most basic details of a lawsuit regarding a Consumer Product Safety Commission database have been concealed. That includes the identity of the plaintiff — known only as “Company Doe” – along with its product and the incident that led to the complaint.