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Conflicts of interest in the pharmaceutical world

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Earlier this year, we learned that belle-of-the-butter southern cooking queen Paula Deen concealed her type 2 diabetes for three years. With obesity rates shooting through the roof like Paula’s glucose level, we all know by now that poor diet, lack of exercise, and excess weight around the middle increase one’s risk for developing the adult onset disease. Apparently, portly Paula – whom chef and Travel Channel host Anthony Bourdain calls the “most dangerous woman in America” – ate a little too much of her own cooking.

Worse, she’s now touting Danish diabetes drug Victoza, a prefilled injection pen that pushes the pancreas to produce the right amount of insulin into the blood to regulate sugar levels. Paula stands to gain millions by anyone baking the sour cream poundcake, Krispy Kreme bread pudding, and French toast casserole recipes on her website.

“I find that in excruciatingly bad taste," Bourdain told Good Morning America in April. "It's unconscionable, cynical, and greedy.”

One might now say the same about German pharmaceutical giant Bayer. The company is currently settling Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits because the birth control pills can cause pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot that forms in large veins and can dislodge, traveling to the lungs, and block the pulmonary artery. Now, the company is asking European Medicines Agency to approve anti-blood clotting pill Xarelto for treatment of … wait for it … pulmonary embolism.

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but think of C+C Music Factory’s 1991 hit “Things that make you go hmm.”