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"...$19.8 billion in civil and criminal settlements the last 20 years for improper billings to federal and state governments..."

Four pharmaceutical companies paid more than half of the $19.8 billion in civil and criminal settlements the last 20 years for improper billings to federal and state governments, according to a report Thursday by Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “Step aside, defense industry, there’s a new defrauder in town,” the group said on its Web site with the release of a 35–page report.


Richard Smith: Is the pharmaceutical industry like the mafia?

"There must be plenty of people who shudder when they hear that Peter Gøtzsche will be speaking at a meeting or see his name on the contents list of a journal. He is like the young boy who not only could see that the emperor had no clothes but also said so. Most of us either cannot see that the emperor is naked or will not announce it when we see his nakedness, which is why we badly need people like Peter. He is not a compromiser or a dissembler, and he has a taste for strong, blunt language and colourful metaphors. Some, perhaps many, people might be put off reading this book by Peter’s insistence on comparing the pharmaceutical industry to the mob, but those who turn away from the book will miss an important opportunity to understand something important about the world—and to be shocked."


Cancer treatment for people that don't have cancer

The US Justice department filed these charges after a Grand Jury indictment.


http://alreporter.com/archives/archive-2014/march-2014/146-state/7506-senator-physician-moves-to-repeal-law-inspired-by-his-patient-s-death.html

What they don't teach in Med School: Doctors who commit malpractice must then get elected to the state legislature so they can repeal laws named after their dead patients.

    "Senator Dr. Larry Stutts (R-Sheffield) has offered SB289, which would repeal a woman’s legal right to remain in the hospital for 48 hours after a normal live birth and 96 hours if the birth was cesarean or presented complication. His bill would also repeal State law requiring physicians to notify woman in writing that her mammogram showed dense tissue that may mask breast cancer.

    Rose Church, a 36-year-old registered nurse from Haleyville, gave birth to a healthy baby girl on December 1, 1998. After 36 hours she was released from the hospital only to return around 36 hours later due to sessile bleeding that required four units of blood. She was again discharged only to die approximately 36 hours later of a heart attack, according to the report. Her autopsy revealed that Church had placental tissue still inside her womb, 11 days after she delivered her daughter Logan Rose.

    Stutts was her OB/GYN and was named in the wrongful death suit filed by her husband Gene Church. The suit states, among other things, that Rose Church was released from the hospital despite the fact that she “was suffering from placenta accreta and continued to display persistent tachycardia.”

    Her husband told the Tuscaloosa News in 1999, “If the legislation had been law last year my wife would have stayed in the hospital for 48 hours and the blood test would have shown she was having problems before she was discharged.”


10 Ways the American Economy Is Built on Fraud

2). Big Pharma Fraud.
"Remember that scene early in Fight Club, when Edward Norton explained his job, when it was more profitable to let a car defect go and pay whatever lawsuit settlements come from the deaths, and when it’s better to recall the cars because the number of deaths will result in too many lawsuits? This is humanitarian do-gooder stuff compared to the savage real-world fraud-for-profit model that drives America’s drug companies. It’s really simple and it goes like this: the more fraud a drug company commits, so long as it’s off-the-scale fraud with the most horrible consequences for the victims, the drug company’s profits always outdo the criminal fines and lawsuits by factors of 20, 30, 100… It’s as simple as that."


FTC, All 50 States and D.C. Charge Four Cancer Charities With Bilking Over $187 Million from Consumers

Complaint Alleges Defendants Falsely Claimed Donations Would Help Pay For Pain Medication, Hospice Care & Other Services; But Spent Donations on Cars, Trips, Sports Tickets, & Professional Fundraisers


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/07/01/researcher-who-spiked-rabbit-blood-to-fake-hiv-vaccine-results-slapped-with-rare-prison-sentence

Researcher who spiked rabbit blood to fake HIV vaccine results slapped with rare prison sentence

By Abby Phillip
July 1, 2015

Dong Pyou Han, a former Iowa State University researcher charged with falsifying HIV vaccine research, says that his troubles all started as an accident. Quickly, it became a multimillion-dollar research fraud scheme that landed him in prison.

On Wednesday, Han, 57, became a rare academic to not just fall from grace but also be punished with time behind bars.

A federal judge sentenced him to more than four and half years in prison and ordered him to repay $7.2 million in grant funds his team received from the federal government using his falsified data.

Academic misconduct often doesn't even result in researchers losing their jobs, and it is even rarer for criminal charges and prison time to result from one of these cases. In 2006, a researcher pleaded guilty to falsifying information on an NIH grant and was sentenced to a year in prison -- the first time such a sentence handed down for scientific misconduct.


The death of medical ethics in America: “Ye cannot serve God and mammon”

"In other words, the fact that morcellation AVOIDABLY spreads and upstages deadly uterine cancers in a minority, one in 200-500, unsuspecting American women is justifiable because it financially benefits society."


"We are trained to misinform," says whistle-blower-turned-activist Gwen Olsen

"After her niece’s early death, Olsen left the industry and went on to write ‘Confessions of an RX drug pusher’, in which she details how sales reps and doctors are complicit in destroying the lives of vulnerable people. Almost half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, and last year, a record four billion prescriptions were written in the States. In comparison with other developed Western countries, North America is off the scale. Are all of these drugs needed? Of course not. Like everything else, it’s all about the money."


Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor convicted in US opioid case

A Boston jury found Kapoor and four colleagues conspired to bribe doctors to prescribe addictive painkillers, often to patients who didn't need them. The former billionaire was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy for his role in a scheme which also misled insurers. Tens of thousands of deaths have been caused by opioid overdoses in the US. Indian-born Kapoor founded drugmaker Insys Therapeutics in 1990 and built it into a multi-billion dollar company. The jury found Kapoor had also misled medical insurance companies about patients' need for the painkillers in order to boost sales of the firm's fentanyl spray, Subsys.


Merck's misconduct includes...misusing Pharmasset's confidential information..., and lying under oath at deposition and trial. — Federal Judge Beth Labson Freeman

It’s also an enormous black eye for Merck, whose activities the judge said consisted of “systematic and outrageous deception in conjunction with unethical business practices and litigation misconduct.”

But the case does more than raise questions about the integrity of a huge corporation. It’s a window into the extent to which the nation’s overworked patent inspectors can be misled by applicants backed by big corporate war chests in pursuit of billions of dollars in potential profits.

Legal experts have wrestled with that issue for years. “Catching fraud or other forms of cheating in the patent process is unlikely given the practical limits of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” T. Leigh Anenson and Gideon Mark of the University of Maryland wrote in a 2013 law review article.


EU glyphosate approval was based on plagiarised Monsanto text

Tue 15 Jan 2019 17.06 GMT
EU regulators based a decision to relicense the controversial weedkiller glyphosate on an assessment plagiarised from industry reports, according to a report for the European parliament.

A crossparty group of MEPs commissioned an investigation into claims, revealed by the Guardian, that Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) copy-and-pasted tracts from Monsanto studies.


60 doctors, pharmacists charged in largest US opioid prescription bust

Federal prosecutors charged 60 physicians and pharmacists Wednesday with illegally handing out opioid prescriptions in what they say is the biggest crackdown of its kind in U.S. history.

Some of the doctors are accused of trading drugs for sex, giving prescriptions to Facebook friends without proper medical exams and unnecessarily pulling teeth to justify writing pain pill prescriptions.

The list of indicted medical professionals includes podiatrists, orthopedic specialists, dentists, general practitioners and nurse practitioners.

Prosecutors said the specialties and methods varied among the accused, but the result in every case was the same: People addicted to pain medication received dangerous amounts of opioids, including oxycodone, methadone and morphine.

A special strike force from the U.S. Department of Justice began making arrests early Wednesday, primarily in rural areas across Appalachia, which has been especially hard hit by addiction to heroin and pain medication.

Most of the defendants face charges of unlawful distribution of controlled substances involving prescription opioids. Authorities say they gave out about 350,000 improper prescriptions in Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and Alabama.

Prosecutors described the doctors involved as drug dealers, rather than medical professionals, and said they were seeing a total of about 28,000 patients at the time of their arrests.

"If so-called medical professionals are going to behave like drug dealers, we're going to treat them like drug dealers," said Brian Benczkowski, an assistant attorney general.

The defendants are accused of writing or filling prescriptions outside the course of medical practices and prescribing them despite having no legitimate medical reasons to do so, he said.




2010 NYT: "...$19.8 billion in civil and criminal settlements the last 20 years for improper billings to federal and state governments..."
http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/drug-makers-are-paying-big-settlements


2013 Gotzsche: Richard Smith: Is the pharmaceutical industry like the mafia?
https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2013/09/10/richard-smith-is-the-pharmaceutical-industry-like-the-mafia/


2014 Fake Cancer: Cancer treatment for people that don't have cancer
https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/usao-edmi/legacy/2014/01/15/Dr%20Fata%204th%20SS%20Ind.pdf


2014 Stutts:
http://alreporter.com/archives/archive-2014/march-2014/146-state/7506-senator-physician-moves-to-repeal-law-inspired-by-his-patient-s-death.html


2015 Alternet: 10 Ways the American Economy Is Built on Fraud
http://www.alternet.org/economy/146674/10_ways_the_american_economy_is_built_on_fraud


2015 FTC: FTC, All 50 States and D.C. Charge Four Cancer Charities With Bilking Over $187 Million from Consumers
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2015/05/ftc-all-50-states-dc-charge-four-cancer-charities-bilking-over


2015 Prison: Researcher who spiked rabbit blood to fake HIV vaccine results slapped with rare prison sentence
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2015/07/01/researcher-who-spiked-rabbit-blood-to-fake-hiv-vaccine-results-slapped-with-rare-prison-sentence


2019 Philly: The death of medical ethics in America: “Ye cannot serve God and mammon”
http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/healthcare/The-death-of-medical-ethics-in-America-Ye-cannot-serve-God-and-mammon.html


olsen: "We are trained to misinform," says whistle-blower-turned-activist Gwen Olsen
http://www.trueactivist.com/ex-big-pharma-sales-rep-exposes-the-sinister-industry-killing-americans/


opiates: Insys Therapeutics founder John Kapoor convicted in US opioid case
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-48143094


pharmasset: Merck's misconduct includes...misusing Pharmasset's confidential information..., and lying under oath at deposition and trial. — Federal Judge Beth Labson Freeman
http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-merck-gilead-20160608-snap-story.html


roundup: EU glyphosate approval was based on plagiarised Monsanto text
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/15/eu-glyphosate-approval-was-based-on-plagiarised-monsanto-text-report-finds


2019 msn: 60 doctors, pharmacists charged in largest US opioid prescription bust
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/60-doctors-pharmacists-charged-in-largest-us-opioid-prescription-bust/ar-BBW2hez