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October 04, 2004

Glaxo on Michael Moore alert

Michael Moore is ruffling feathers in big pharma.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

Posted on Thu, Sep. 30, 2004
Inqlings | Michael Moore takes on Glaxo
By Michael Klein
Inquirer Columnist

Documentarian Michael Moore is nosing around Philly, and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline could be in for a Paxil moment.

Moore, who skewered the Bush administration in Fahrenheit 911, has his production staff doing groundwork for his next project, tentatively titled Sicko, an indictment of the U.S. health-care system. Moore is trying to get workers at the company's Center City headquarters to talk on camera, according to one who was approached. GSK has ordered silence, per long-standing policy.
A GSK official said she was unaware of any contact.

The reps are restless, they know something is afoot.

Health Workers Moore-Wary [Witichia Eagle]
Posted on Thu, Sep. 30, 2004

Chicago Tribune

Michael Moore's rumored expose of health industry prompts warning against any who might assist him

The latest buzz in the health-care industry has nothing to do with new drugs or medical treatments. It's all about moviemaker Michael Moore and where he's lurking these days.

Some of the nation's biggest drug manufacturers and health insurance plans confirm they have issued warnings to their sales representatives and other employees in recent weeks, telling them to be on the lookout for the shaggy filmmaker in his trademark baseball cap. And under no circumstances are they to talk to Moore.

The industry's red alert was prompted by word that Moore plans to aim his camera lens at the health-care industry, much as he did with other targets, most recently President Bush in "Fahrenheit 9/11."

The documentary, which made $100 million at the box office and is scheduled for video release next week, presented Bush's war on terror as ill-advised and corrupt, angering the president's supporters while drawing cheers from Bush foes.

The planned movie, tentatively titled "Sicko," is expected to focus on health-care industry business practices, specifically those of the managed-care and pharmaceutical industries, which have both been mentioned in Moore's recent speeches and interviews, his spokesman said.

Health-care companies are hardly enthusiastic.

"What our society really needs is a serious debate about overall health care based on facts, not just another one-sided micro-mockumentary," said Court Rosen, spokesman with the drug industry's Washington lobby, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. [...]


A real debate? Based on facts? Fire that "spokesman" immediately!

Oh, wait. It's the most Orwellian language that points to the most vulnerable spot...

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