A new investigation uncovers how a sophisticated social media disinformation campaign helped to convince Van Wert County to reject further wind development.
While Van Wert County ended all wind energy development, Paulding, located to its north, embraced it. The results are that Paulding County taxpayers are benefiting from increased county tax revenue, stronger public schools and a boost in its bond rating by the international agency Moody’s Investor Service.
Brock-Utne’s article in a medical publication doesn’t disclose payments of $48,000+ from drug and medical device companies.
The group claims to have no conflicts of interest, no vested financial interest in the issue of drug shortages and no outside funding. But the financial ties to drug and medical device companies of Stanford Professor Emeritus Dr. Brock-Utne and other co-chairs call these claims into question.
A Senate Investigative Subcommittee and 60 Minutes report that Kaleo’s Evzio drug skyrocketed 600%, costing taxpayers millions. Yet that didn’t stop leaders of Physicians Against Drug Shortages (PADS) from promoting another of the pharmaceutical company’s drugs.
If they had asked, they may have learned that Physicians Against Drug Shortages Executive Director Philip Zweig has been employed by and has direct financial ties to medical device manufacturing companies.
Doctors and others affiliated with Physicians Against Drug Shortages certainly have a right to present their point of view. But are media outlets doing enough to allow readers to evaluate the veracity of op-eds, guest columnists, media pundits and quoted “experts”?
Last month, we presented our analysis of Tim Moore’s invoices as part-time County Attorney to Cleveland County Manager Brian Epley, who pledged to look into the matter “quickly.” But three weeks later, there’s been no response. So, we decided to take our questions directly to the citizens of the county.
Questions Grow About Tim Moore’s Taxpayer-Funded Government Checks Totaling $604,319 Over Three Years.
Quotes by Physicians Against Drug Shortages spokespersons and op-ed bios by its members provide little in the way of details about the group. In a couple opinion pieces, PADS members describe themselves as executive director or co-chairs of a “pro bono patient advocacy group.”