These sleazy tactics took place in the early 1990s. The regulatory environment has changed significantly since then, which makes such abuse of the clinical trial process much harder today. Parke-Davis was destroyed by the fallout from STEPS, which led directly to their acquisition by Pfizer.
What next from the time-delayed outrage of Techdirt? Perhaps you could attack Mother Theresa for her support of slavery (since she is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, which inherited Latin and many resources from the Roman Empire, which supported slavery). The logic is a bit twisted, but no more than Tim's attempt to resurrect illegal activities from two decades ago as a current "scam".