This is old news but still quite relevant and disturbing. From the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation:
Whistle-blower lawsuits alleging that pharmaceutical companies and government contractors defrauded the federal government have created a backlog of more than 900 cases at the Department of Justice, the Washington Post reports. According to the Post, more than 500 of the cases involve the health care and pharmaceutical industries, as well as Medicare and Medicaid.
Lawyers involved in the backlogged disputes say DOJ “cannot keep pace with the surge in charges brought by whistle-blowers,” the Post reports. Since 2001, 300 to 400 civil cases have been filed each year; however, the 75-lawyer unit that reviews the allegations investigates about 100 cases annually. Whistle-blowers routinely wait 14 or more months to find out whether DOJ will get involved in the case, during which time whistle-blowers are not allowed to discuss or disclose the existence of such disputes (read the rest here)
There is clearly simply mind-blowing amounts of illegal activities going on in pharma and medicine. So much that employees can’t stand it anymore.