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  • Gambro Healthcare - Dialysis Fraud Pays Big Bucks
    Mar-29-06 Medicare payments for dialysis cost the US government $5 billion a year. The global market for chronic dialysis services is worth approximately $43 billion and the US market is the largest in the world in terms of value. Worldwide, by the end of 2005, the number of dialysis patients reached 1.5 million. Of that number, approximately 23% patients were trea...
  • Nursing Home Inspection Process Full Of Corruption
    Sep-2-06 Nursing home companies invest heavily in local politicians. They do so to ensure the failure of efforts to pass legislation unfavorable to the industry and to buy protection against fines and penalties levied by state officials charged with investigating and monitoring the industry. According to a September 2006 report by Consumer Reports, "they wield con...
  • Roche puts Accutane profits over Lives of Consumers
    Aug-31-06 In 1985, Accutane's package insert directed at doctors first mentioned reports of depression in patients taking the acne drug, which means that more than 20 years ago, Hoffman-LaRoche at least suspected there might be a risk of depression and suicide by persons taking the drug. However, Roche's financial records show that the company is not about to let a...
  • Suicide Risk of Neurontin Kept Hidden for Years
    Feb-27-07 Washington, DC: Neurontin , the all-time poster child for an illegally promoted off-label drug, was marketed by Warner-Lambert and its Parke-Davis division until Pfizer acquired the company in 2000. The term "off-label" means prescribing a drug for indications not listed on the label, upping the recommended dose, prescribing a drug in combination with...
  • Fen-Phen May Cause Rummage Sale of Wyeth Assets - Fen-Phen Trial Resources
    Aug-23-06 On August 18, 2006, Bloomberg News reported that Wyeth has faced more than 175,000 claims since fen-phen was removed from the market, and that over the past 9 years, the company has settled many claims without forcing fen-phen users to file a lawsuit. All total, the company has set aside more than $21 billion to cover legal costs and settlements since...
  • Big Pharma Bankrupting US Health Care System
    Aug-29-06 ig Pharma is bankrupting the nation's health care system by convincing prescribing doctors to over-medicate patients with expensive psychiatric drugs and then send the bills to government programs like Medicaid and Medicare. The peddling of the new generation of psychiatric drugs that include the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants (S...
  • ADHD Drugs - Cash Cow For Pharma
    Feb-13-06 "Our society viewed with loathing those who 'pushed' stimulant drugs on children," says child psychiatrist Dr Peter Breggin. "Yet today, there are more children taking Ritalin and amphetamines from doctors than ever received them from illegal pushers," he says. "Parents and teachers and even doctors have been badly misled by drug company marketing practic...
  • GlaxoSmithKline Sued Over Paxil Birth Defects
    Jul-29-06 A lawsuit was filed against GlaxoSmithKline on July 28, 2006, in Philadelphia on behalf of Adrian Vasquez, who was born on April 19, 2004, with birth defects as a result of his mother having been prescribed Paxil during pregnancy. Paxil belongs to the class of antidepressant drugs known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). At birth, Ad...
  • Zyprexa Lawsuits - Eli Lilly May Lose Insurance Coverage
    Aug-3-06 In the company's first quarter report for 2006, Eli Lilly says it is having problems with insurance coverage. "We have experienced difficulties in obtaining product liability insurance due to a very restrictive insurance market," the report says, "and therefore will be largely self-insured for future product liability losses." Although Lilly has cover...
  • 500 Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch Victims Sue Johnson & Johnson
    Sep-17-06 New Brunswick, NJ According to Johnson & Johnson's latest SEC filing for the Second Quarter of 2006, the company is currently facing 500 claimants in lawsuits related to deaths and injuries caused by the Ortho Evra birth control patch . "These claimants," the filing notes, "seek substantial compensatory and, where available, punitive damages. ...
  • Neurontin Deal - Slap On The Hand To Pfizer
    May-25-06 The off-label prescribing of drugs has become a serious problem over the past decade. Doctors are adjusting dosage levels and prescribing drugs for medical indications and treatment durations for which the drugs were never approved or intended. When the FDA approves a drug, it also approves the labeling for the drug, which explains the manner in which the...
  • Beverly Enterprises - Poster Child Of Fraud And Neglect In Nursing Home Industry
    Jun-1-06 Nowhere in the nursing home industry is the corruption, patient neglect and abuse and Medicare and Medicaid fraud more blatant than within the giant nursing home chain of Beverly Enterprises. Based in Fort Smith, it reportedly operates more than 400 nursing facilities, assisted living centers and hospices in 23 states and the District of Columbia. The cha...
  • Lawmakers say FDA better Clean Up its Act
    Aug-18-06 For six years, the Bush administration has placed pharmaceutical industry interests ahead of public interest by appointing persons with strong ties to drug companies to high level positions at the FDA. As a result, Congressional investigations and a recent survey indicate that the health and safety of all Americans is being compromised. On July 20, 200...
  • Drug Companies Still Peddling Risperdal and Zyprexa For Off-Label Use
    Jun-17-06 According to Kelly O'Meara, author of the newly released book, Psyched Out, America has a drug problem. "It's not as covert as those illicit and illegal "Just Say No" drugs," she says, "but, rather, Americans have become drug users by way of being diagnosed as suffering from one or a number of alleged mental disorders." "Sharing one's feelings with a doc...
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