Alan Jones: Questions Still Linger Around Big Pharma’s Support for Regulators

How much money do these drug companies pay to the same regulatory agencies that are supposed to be regulating the drug industry? 
Alan Jones: Questions Still Linger Around Big Pharma’s Support for Regulators
People are see outside the Royal Exhibition Building Vaccination Centre in Melbourne, Australia, on Aug. 25, 2021. (Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
Alan Jones
12/4/2023
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2/1/2024
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Vaccination, made compulsory, and denying employment to the unvaccinated, may well become an election issue. 
There we were during COVID-19, forced to be vaccinated. 
Let me say, I have been vaccinated since the age of two against everything. 
But I wasn’t forced. 
The former Morrison government, supported by the Labor Opposition, allowed vaccinations to become mandatory. 
And they told us which vaccinations—AstraZeneca, Moderna. 
I have done a lot of reading on the little tablet, ivermectin, which, taken with other recommended medicines, had, for years, been proven safe and effective. 
But you weren’t allowed to mention the little tablet. 
You were cancelled. 
Doctors in Queensland were threatened with jail. 
One young female doctor I could name here, still doesn’t have a medical practising certificate because she prescribed ivermectin to a seriously ill patient who recovered.
Now, the Albanese Labor government won’t have a Royal Commission into the COVID response; but there are questions that must be answered. 
The regulatory authority, amongst others here, is the TGA, Therapeutic Goods Administration. 
Is it true that Australia has the highest proportion of funding of these regulatory bodies, by drug companies? 
Ninety-six percent of the funding yet more than 9 out of 10 drug company applications are approved. 
Wasn’t the TGA founded as an independent institute?
Is the almost exclusive reliance on pharmaceutical industry funding a conflict of interest when these regulatory bodies are approving applications from drug companies? 
We aren’t told how much the drug companies were paid to provide vaccinations. 
The poor taxpayer was told, vaccinations were free. 
They weren’t. 
I suspect we paid billions to drug companies. 
So, were ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine banned because the regulatory authorities were getting their money from drug companies? 
Is the TGA still taking money, donations, and budget funding from Big Pharma? 
Which drug companies are paying our regulatory authorities and how much money is involved? 
Why hasn’t the current federal minister for health been questioned about this in the Parliament? 
Surely the payments should either be stopped or the TGA should be shut down. 
What other direct payments are made by pharmaceutical companies to various health authorities, even state health departments? 
Surely the case now exists, overwhelmingly, for regulatory authorities to be subjected to their own watchdog. 
Do we need a Drug and Vaccination Board, independent of the drug regulator to investigate these funding practices but, more importantly, to investigate what compulsory vaccination has done to the health and employment of many Australians?
We have an independent safety board for airlines and their passengers, why not for patients? 
The overriding issue is this. 
Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine were banned. 
You couldn’t mention them, talk about them, or recommend them. 
Australia backsteps its stance on the effect of ivermectin on COVID. (Sonis Photography/Shutterstock)
Australia backsteps its stance on the effect of ivermectin on COVID. (Sonis Photography/Shutterstock)
Big Pharma was raking in the money from government. 
It had to be AstraZeneca or Moderna so said the regulatory authority; so said the government. 
Let’s start with one question. 
How much money do these drug companies pay to the same regulatory agencies that are supposed to be regulating the drug industry? 
Is it true that the Therapeutic Goods Administration relies almost exclusively on the pharmaceutical industry for its funding? 
Is this why ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine were banned? 
The drug industry presumably won the day with the government and the regulatory authorities. 
Think about it. 
We are short on critical answers.
Views expressed in this article are opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.
Alan Jones AO is one of Australia's most prominent conservative voices who now hosts his own program on ADH TV. Mr. Jones has an extensive career stretching back to the 1980s across radio, print, and television, and has been a major contributor to the country's political discourse. He is also the former coach of Australia's national rugby union team, the Wallabies, and has held major roles in sports and the arts. Mr. Jones was a former senior advisor and speechwriter to Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
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