Following the series of ministers of health and the influence of industrial and corporate lobbies on their way to practice politics. Today, the years from 1997 to 2004.
Bernard Kouchner. 5th June 1997 to 7 May 2002, with a break between July 1999 and February 2001 when Dominique Gillot takes responsibilities of the Department. Prior to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolas Sarkozy to reshuffle in 2010, Michèle Alliot-Marie took his place becoming the only woman to have been minister of defense, interior, justice and foreign affairs Bernard Kouchner was first Minister of Health. One of the most popular politicians saw his halo tarnished by the total case . As a consultant, he wrote a report on the practices of the oil company in Burma subject to lively debate which he defends differently according to his political position when sometimes attacked by his former colleagues on potential conflicts of interest.
His consulting activities have also earned him other troubles, especially as the former Minister of Foreign Affairs would have used the power of his position to try to do pay bills hanging.
In the case of the Mediator, Bernard Kouchner said he was not aware of an article in the Journal du Dimanche . "I've never heard of the Mediator , he says the JDD. This letter to Jean-René Brunetière [Director General Medicines Agency] published by Le Figaro, I have never seen. Never Martin [Hirsch, who led the firm] has not heard of the Mediator, nor saw the letter. Martine [Aubry] had no reason to hear. This is a letter of warning and alarm did not work. It's pathetic. It was not until the report Igas must know who received the letter, which was read. "
He also participated in the summer school Pharmaceutical in the Luberon, in good company.
In his book, "Occupation corrupting " Roger Lengle t indicates on page 134 that Bernard Kouchner, after the failure of Lionel Jospin in the 2002 presidential election, which he thinks it leaves him in the lurch, "approaches, writing Roger Lenglet, his friend Daniel Vial, a highly respected, a founder of the Daily medical lobbyist. Daniel Vial now runs (Author's note: the book comes out in 2007), the Pharmaceutical Journal, close laboratories. A very large size which Recase beautiful world. He even helped former leaders Medicines Agency to retrain. ".
The former departments have also used his influence, directly or indirectly, so that his wife, journalist Christine Ockrent, gets the position of Director of France World, the state agency that oversees audiovisual French for the rest of world.
Finally, Bernard Kouchner is also the brother Gérard Kouchner , Chairman of the Education and communication pole Medimedia , a group that publishes many journals to the medical profession, including the Doctor's Daily, here, but you do not choose your family, or sidewalks of Paris, Manila or Algiers to learn to walk.
In defense of Bernard Kouchner, we must add that as Minister he has established with other instances of the first independent assessment of health risks.
Jean-François Mattei. From 8 May 2002 to 31 March 2004.
The Health Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin will not survive the heat wave of summer 2003. This bioethicist , he was one of the instigators of the French laws represent a significant advance in the management related to technical and scientific progress in the field of performing medical practices, has been especially critical for its positions against the fight against alcoholism. In 2003, in the World , "The addiction specialists were initially shocked by the statements of the Minister of Health, Jean-François Mattei, speaking of a" mode "to describe the integration of alcohol and tobacco in the field of drugs, advocated by the Roques report and implementation by the Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drugs and Drug Addiction (Mildt) between 1999 and 2002 approach. "On this same issue, it is also challenged by the Green MP Martine Billard . It will also not resist the medical profession want to see the price of their consultation reviewed significantly during his visit to the Ministry of Health.
We also read with interest the summary of the association "Adéquations" on "Lobbying: and our health? And that of the planet? "
And this video about the book by Philippe Pignarre on "The great secret of phamarceutique industry."