Drug giant Pfizer buying antibiotics from dangerous factories
A new SumOfUs report alleges that drug company Pfizer is putting corporate profits above public health. The report reveals that the pharmaceutical industry is contributing to the global rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.
It reveals that:
- Pfizer and other pharmaceutical giants source antibiotics from dirty, dangerous factories in China.
- These factories dump raw antibiotic waste straight into the environment.
- That creates a perfect breeding ground for antibiotic resistant "superbugs" -- which spread globally.
- These superbugs have been called a "catastrophic threat" to public health, and could kill millions.
Months of behind-the-scenes digging into big pharma's secretive operations has revealed these links for the first time. Pfizer and others are putting their profits ahead of our health, by buying cheap antibiotics from dangerous factories with a string of serious environmental and safety violations.
These factories are dumping raw antibiotic waste straight into rivers and waterways, in breach of even China's lax environmental regulations, and creating the perfect breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant superbugs. As these superbugs spread globally, the World Health Organization is already sounding the alarm. The UK's Chief Medical Officer has called antibiotic resistance a "catastrophic threat" that could set modern health care back 200 years, and kill millions globally.
The spread of superbugs means that infectious diseases like gonorrhoea and pneumonia could become untreatable, and we could return to an era when a simple cut could kill.
Overprescription of antibiotics and widespread use in factory farms are two of the known culprits behind antibiotic resistance. But pollution generated by the massive antibiotics production industry is an overlooked hidden killer. By dumping antibiotic waste into the environment, these factories create huge breeding grounds for superbugs. Concentrations of antibiotics in polluted waterways can be as high as in the bloodstream of someone on a full strength dose of antibiotics. And these are the factories that Pfizer, McKesson, Teva and other Western pharma giants are buying from.
This isn't just a problem for China or for Pfizer customers. Modern air travel and trade mean that the rapid spread of infectious diseases is the new reality. Infectious superbugs that thrive in the waste dumped by these polluting factories in China quickly find their way into the bodies of children, adults and the elderly around the world, with fatal consequences.
Sign the petition to demand that Pfizer stops buying cheap antibiotics from polluting factories driving the rise of killer superbugs.
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