Watchdog Organization Exposes Outrageous Levels Of Scientific Corruption
(TruthandLiberty.com) – For decades, questions have swirled regarding the ethics of government employees who receive massive royalty payments from companies. In 2020, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) finally released data on royalty payments pharmaceutical companies, and others pay to the US government for the rights to use its patents. When government scientists make discoveries or create inventions, the government patents them and includes the names of scientists involved in the patents. In turn, the employees receive a share of the royalty payments.
In a Newsweek Op-ed, Adam Andrzejewski, CEO and founder of the government watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com., said documents his organization received from the NIH revealed private companies paid $134 million through 22,000 payments to almost 1,700 US government-employed scientists from 2009 to 2016.
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Andrzejewski noted that in 2005, the Associated Press reported that 918 government scientists, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, received $9 million. The revelation is causing conservatives in Congress and in government watchdog groups to question whether the payments are appropriate or if they could lead to corruption.
Some lawmakers feel Congress needs to reform the law to make royalty payments to taxpayer-funded scientists illegal. Recently, the legislators expressed interest in whether government doctors and researchers have a financial interest in the drugs they support. They also want to know if NIH federal grants awarded to companies come back to researchers in the form of profitable royalty payments.
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