Merck   Money incentive, bribery

72 Page Document Shows Merck Paid Doctors at Least $18,810,495.52

Jeffry John Aufderheide


January 9 2012


Merck pays big money to doctors for speaking about their products.


Sometimes gems are difficult to come by. However, when we find them, just clean them up a bit and we can appreciate their ‘real value’.  The little treasure I discovered was a document located on Merck Pharmaceutical’s website. It disclosed how much Merck paid doctors as speaking fees in the third and fourth quarter of 2009 alone.


The 72-page document is titled, “Merck & Co., Inc., Disclosure of Payments to U.S. Speakers for Promotional (non-CME) Medical Education Activities conducted in 3Q and 4Q 2009.” And, according to my calculations the sum was a hefty $18,810,495.52. [1]


Keep in mind that, that amount is just for speaking fees!


You may be wondering why this information was made available.


Merck said it was because of transparency. According to one article, “[Merck] has started disclosing payments to U.S.-based medical and scientific professionals who speak on behalf of our company or our products.” [2]


It’s a good start, but apparently the reports were going to be available annually thereafter (July 1, 2009). Well, where are they?  It is now 2012.


Document Shows Heavy Vaccine Promotion


Have you ever wondered why some doctors may be so rabidly in favor of promoting vaccines?  Or, haven’t you considered that aspect?  Well, here’s the answer:  Pharmaceutical companies pay doctors to talk about the ‘problem.


Not only is it subtle, it’s legal and has financial rewards.


For example, Merck was pushing two new vaccines: Gardasil and Rotateq. After filtering the results in the PDF file for the terms, “HPV, Vaccine, and Rotavirus” the total amount paid came to $2,313,942.81.


Let’s do something mathematically radical. Since Merck reported numbers for only half the year, I’m going double the amount they paid to see what a year’s worth could possibly be.


This would mean Merck spent roughly $4,627,885.62 to encourage doctors to promote their solutions/products, which definitely include vaccines. After reading this, aren’t you sick to your stomach thinking about the ‘Ask Your Doctor’ commercials? I know I am.


But what does this all mean?


‘Rotten to the Core’


Think about this, parents. Who do you trust for reliable information? Maybe a better question would be, “Can you trust pharmaceutical companies?”


Outside of the money being doled out to doctors, consider other ways Big Pharma uses its money.  Here are some other examples:





Parents want healthy children and straight answers from their pediatricians, the CDC and FDA. Do you think your doctor really believes what he or she is telling you, regarding vaccines? Or, were they paid to believe it? As it stands now, most doctors will deny vaccines have any contributory role in autism or can cause harm.


At the very least, this little document shines sunlight on what many parents of vaccine injured children have been saying all the while: Maybe it’s the cost of keeping the herd quiet.


“Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. . . .” -Bertrand Russell,1953



[1] Merck & Co., Inc., Disclosure of Payments to U.S. Speakers for Promotional (non-CME) Medical Education Activities conducted in 3Q and 4Q 2009. (Accessed 01/07/2012)

[2] Merck Statement on U.S. Speaker Fees. (Accessed 01/07/2012)

[3] Julie Gerberding.

[4] Paul Offit. (Accessed 01/07/2012)

[5]Paul Offit says children can get 10,000 vaccines. (Accessed 01/07/2012)

[6] (Accessed 01/07/2012)

[7] Memo from Merck discussing how to destroy doctors. 01/07/2012)


Photo Credit: Kevin Dooley