GlaxoWellcome Now Known as GlaxoFuckYou

I was attacked by a barrage of GlaxoSmithKline’s pharmaceutical commercials when I was taking my Sunday dose of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. They’re incredibly disingenuous, claiming that their profits all go to developing drugs for horrible diseases. I’m guessing it’s an attempt to guilt the elderly into accepting that affordable health care will kill babies, who exist only in the future.

Just look at the front page of their website. It features up to the minute stock info, 2003’s financial results, as well as news about companies they’ve recently acquired. There is no web cam showing the lab where scientists are working at a feverish pace to cure AIDS, Cancer, or Chronic Lethargic Flatulence(CLF). Obviously, a significant portion of their corporate profits (earned off the sickness of others) go to their shareholders. I’m not an investigative journalist, but I’m pretty sure a hefty portion of grandma’s pain pills also paid for some executive’s kick ass benefits. I call shenanigans on GlaxoSmithKline, and I’m doubly pissed that they’re no longer GlaxoWellcome. That name is about as ironic as it gets, until Halliburton becomes HalliBidFair.

I won’t blather on about health care, my wonk powers aren’t that strong. But if you’re ambitious, here’s an article that covers just about everything.