US drug companies help pay for Bush inaugurationBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7280.192/d (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:192
- Fred Charatan
The glitz of President George W Bush's inauguration ceremony owed a considerable debt to the US pharmaceutical industry, which paid $1.7m (£1.1m) towards the estimated $17m bill for the occasion.
Its generosity at the crowning moment of President Bush's journey to the White House mirrored the substantial support that it gave to the Texan governor during his election campaign. Over three quarters of the industry's contributions went to Republicans.
Last November, the non-profit watchdog group Public Citizen predicted that the prescription drug industry would spend about $230m during the election. The …