More Than 500 Backlogged Whistle-Blower Cases Allege Health Care, Drug Company Fraud

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.

Brought to my attention by D. Bunker.

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5 Responses

  1. Sloopy

    GSK better watch its back for whistleblowers… To cut costs, the Corporation is throwing 10,000 employees on the streets.. They are rightly going to be very angry and very disgruntled employees. And, worse still, they know exactly where their bosses in the boardroom have buried the bodies, so to speak…

    So… to all soon-to-be-sacked GSK staff: it’s time to spill the beans! Go on! You know you’ve always want to! Well soon you can, without any risk of censure.. In fact, the law today in England & Wales prohibits discrimination against corporate whistleblowers…. So the time is ripe to sing like canaries!

    And as an added bonus (if a whistleblower should ever need one) there is now a criminal offence of Corporate Manslaughter on the British statute books.

    The Courts can jail a company executive for life..where it is shown he has killed people through malfeasance or criminal negligence. And let’s be frank,, is there a single executive in Big Pharma who hasn’t killed people in that way?

    Corporate Manslaughter should be an easy crime to prove of Big Pharma executives. Those rogues are gangsters. If they weren’t running the prescription drug industry, they would be running guns and narcotics around the globe.. In fact, that’s exactly what some of them have been doing at Eli Lilly…

    Let’s hope the Courts have the stomach to pack the prison cells to bursting point with these monsters..

    The worm is turning….

  2. Sloopy

    Yeah.. Maybe something good did come out of Tony Blair’s government, after all?!

    The Act is here.. The date of the Act commencement was 6 April 2008, so it’s live today..

    To date, no successful prosecutions under the Act, SFAIK.. Plenty of time yet, though..

    Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

    An Act to create a new offence that, in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, is to be called corporate manslaughter and, in Scotland, is to be called corporate homicide; and to make provision in connection with that offence. [26th July 2007]
    ……

    The offence

    An organisation to which this section applies is guilty of an offence if the way in which its activities are managed or organised— causes a person’s death, and, amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by the organisation to the deceased…

    An organisation is guilty of an offence under this section only if the way in which its activities are managed or organised by its senior management is a substantial element in the breach..

    I think the executives of a company must get prosecuted separately through another Act or under the common law….

  3. Sloopy

    <a href=”Here is a bit of background on the whistleblowers’ protection under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

    For those about to be sacked by GSK, whistleblowing might be the best option. You could clean up GSK as well as gouge the company at an employment tribunal if GSK tries to punish you…

    There is a charity called “Public Concern at Work” that has resident experts who can find the best way to do it..

  4. Sloopy

    Today (23 April), the British Crown mounted the first ever prosecution under the new Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act..

    The prosecution that was announced today is not related to the criminal misconduct in the drug industry. The press has also portrayed the new law as being put in place to punish deaths in the workplace. That is not correct.

    Kate Keonard, the reviewing lawyer, for the Special Crime Division of the Crown Prosecution Service, gave a statement clarifying that the Act has a much broad scope. It could well be used to target drug companies that knowingly and recklessly release dangerous products that kill people…

    Ms Leonard said:

    “Under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 an organisation is guilty of corporate manslaughter if the way in which its activities are managed or organised causes a death and amounts to a gross breach of a duty of care to the person who died.

    According this local press report, the company that is to be prosecuted under the new law risks an unlimited fine, and the company director who has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter, faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment….

    That should be food for thought for Messrs Hotchkiss and Tristram and the other boardroom rogues at Eli Lilly UK. Belmarsh beckons!

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