This was on BBC Radio 4 last night (19th August), Part 2 of the 'Conflicted Medicine' mini-series in the 'Inside Health' series. 'Inside Health' tends to be anodyne and often features very poor levels of rigour and unchallenged claims, but I recommend this particular podcast. Summary: Dr Mark Porter examines the hidden conflicts of interest that may affect how your GP or specialist treats you. He discovers that the advice patient groups give you is also not immune to the influences of organisations such as pharmaceutical companies. Download from this page. There was a programme afterwards documenting a horrific case where a French judge received death threats while investigating corruption involving multinational companies and senior politicians. As there are a number of multinational pharmaceutical corporations with multiple subsidiaries, this may well be relevant to the previous podcast. I think that a lot of politicians have shares in big pharma companies. UK residents can listen here. Not sure if there is somewhere where people outside the UK can listen, but the judge's name is Eva Joly, and there are probably other sites where the case is documented.