Doctors avoid penalties in lawsuits against medical firms alleging kickbacks, fraud

Pro Publica/The Washington Post, September 19, 2011
Two years ago, drugmaker Eli Lilly pleaded guilty to illegally marketing its blockbuster antipsychotic Zyprexa for elderly patients. Lilly paid $1.4 billion in criminal penalties and settlements in four civil lawsuits. But a doctor named as a co-defendant in one suit—for allegedly taking kickbacks to prescribe the drug extensively at nursing homes—never was pursued. Last year, Alpharma paid $42.5 million to settle federal allegations that it paid kickbacks to doctors to prescribe its painkiller Kadian. "Healthcare decisions must be based solely upon what is best for the individual patient and not on which pharmaceutical company is paying the doctor the biggest kickback," Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland, said in a statement announcing the settlement. But the doctors, accused of trading prescriptions for paid speaking gigs, faced no consequences. At least 15 drug and medical-device companies have paid $6.5 billion since 2008 to settle accusations of marketing fraud or kickbacks. However, none of the more than 75 doctors named as participants were sanctioned, despite allegations of fraud or of conduct that put patients at risk, a review by ProPublica found.

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Daniel Haszard (9/19/2011 at 1:37 PM)
Eli Lilly's (NOW $4.6 billion) propaganda payout is a fraud,as a matter of fact 8 Lilly employees who are supposed 'whistle-blowers' are getting $ 10 mill each The real victims like me are being ignored I have been waiting 5 1/2 years They have three certified letters from me substantiating my claim. I am a classic case for compensation having taken the stuff for four years (for physician prescribed off-label PTSD) 1996-2000 Remember one of the issues of Lilly cover up was their goading MD's to do the 'off label' prescribing and covered for them,rep slogan "viva Zyprexa". I paid thousands of dollars out of my own pocket in co-payments for the Zyprexa which gave me sudden onset diabetes in 2000 with a deadly A1C of 14.2 all documented at my site. Google: Daniel Haszard Zyprexa *** Daniel Haszard Zyprexa victim activist and patient who got diabetes from it. zyprexa-victims(dot)com




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