The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability, sent a letter to the Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) on July 6, 2010, asking for the commission to investigate drug
companies “that offer significant discounts to doctors for providing
patients with only that company’s vaccines.” The organization claims that
Sanofi Pasteur and Merck “offer significant price discounts” if
healthcare groups agree to buy their vaccines solely from one manufacturer.
The organization states that this practice prevents doctors from using
alternative vaccines, even when they may better meet patient needs.