from the CHD - Children's Health Defense Community Forum -
Larger-than-life, creative, and fiercely ambitious, Dr. Charlie Bennett has a long history of revealing dangerous side effects of bestselling medicines.
The battle between Big Pharma and scientific integrity -
In 2006, his meta-analysis of existing data showed that a top-selling category of drugs caused previously unrecognized risks of death and serious illness. According to Dr. Steven Rosen, chief scientific officer of the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California, Bennett “saved more lives than anyone in American medicine.”
Bennett’s work created enemies: Bennett was accused, on the basis of flimsy evidence, of mishandling government grant money and violating the False Claims Act (also known as the “Whistleblower Act”).
Powerful interests within Big Pharma, academia, and law enforcement joined in the attack on Bennett. By 2010, he was forced from his academic position, besieged by lawsuits, and became the victim of a coordinated, well-funded campaign to discredit him and refute his work. From pharma superstar to disgrace and disrepute in the blink of an eye.
Retired law professor Julius Getman and his wife Terri LeClercq, a retired English professor, met the beleaguered Dr. Bennett while on a cruise and became so intrigued they spent the next five years researching and writing his story, bringing a set of fresh eyes to the pharmaceutical network of corruption.
Watch the interview here - Doctors & Scientist with Brian Hooker, PhD