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Drug Company Frauds are Pervasive and Large

Over 180 pharmaceutical fraud cases, covering more than 500 drugs, are now under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice under the False Claims Act. 

Settlement of just 16 drug manufacturing cases (all those resolved to date) has returned over $4 billion to the U.S. Government and the 50 states.

The below are health-care related postings  from 2008 on the TAF (Taxpayers Against Fraud) web-site.  I highly encourage you to see for yourself how these well known firms conduct business.   Should you place your trust in these firms to provide quality health-care products or services to your family?

  • Lilly Reserves $1.4 Billion for Off-Label Zyprexa Case
  • Uncle Sam vs. McKesson Corp
  • Cephalon Pays $425 Million
  • NY Hospital to pay $88 Million
  • Abbott Pays $28 Million to TX
  • Healthfirst to Pay NY $35 Million
  • CoxHealth To Pay $60 Million
  • Justice Probes Bile Stent Fraud companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson have been engaged in off-label marketing…
  • Amerigroup Settles for $225 Million
  • Ranbaxy Under Investigation
  • TX Joins Lawsuit Against Four Drug Companies
  • Walgreens Pays $35 Million
  • Medtronic/ Kyphon Settle for $75 Million
  • Biovail To Pay $25 Million
  • Baptist Health South to Pay $7.675 Million
  • McKesson to Pay $13.25 Million
  • CoxHealth Floats a Number
  • CVS Pays $37 Million For Drug Switching
  • $215 Million Alabama Jury Award Sends Message on Average Wholesale Price Fraud
  • Quest Reserves $241 Million

The Justice Department has announced that $2 billion has been recovered under the federal False Claims Act in Fiscal Year 2007, of which $1.45 billion came from whistleblower-filed cases.  The total amount returned to the U.S. Government under the False Claims Act since 1986 is well over $20 billion.  Department of Justice data is actually very conservative, as it does not include billions of dollars in civil recoveries returned to the states or criminal fines imposed as a direct consequence of False Claims Act filings and prosecutions. 

To learn more, go to: Taxpayers Against Fraud   LINK 

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Written by jointefforthost

October 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Ten Year Old Intellect – Dalton Sherman’s Keynote Speech

WOW – “I believe” this kid displays greater charisma and eloquence than most of the leaders controlling the world today!  Want to bet young Dalton will end up being somebody influential?   I think the video speaks for itself, please share!

Written by jointefforthost

October 30, 2008 at 3:25 am

They Play While you Pay!

It’s that time of year again when employee’s get to choose their new health care plans for 2009.   That would be if you are still employed, or if your employer still offers a health plan…   And as a matter of routine you can expect cost increases, deductible increases, and benefit decreases.   I would venture to guess that if you received a pay increase in 2008 that it won’t cover “these” increases in your healthcare cost alone.   So if you expect to buy food and gas in 2009, I would suggest getting a second or third job…   Or maybe you can go to CEO school or win the lottery?!

Link to Guaranteed Health Care – CLICK HERE

If you don’t know about HR676, please educate yourself NOW!   This house bill without pork attached is what the US needs to bring its delivery of heathcare ranking up beyond our existing third world status!  Check out the Physicain’s for a National Health Plan and Healthcare-Now web sites, under my Favorite Sites menu.  Let us all make a real CHANGE that will actually benefit us! 

Written by jointefforthost

October 28, 2008 at 4:35 pm

Who Wins? – You Decide!

from The Ogstylez

This is a refreshing break from the polls, the news accounts of who said what, the name calling, the half truths, etc…   I often thought as a child that wars should be decided by national leaders having it out in a one-on-one…   Why not!   It’s no less childish than what is going on now…   So who won?

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October 27, 2008 at 6:50 pm

Cost of Living – Consumer Price Index – Are you Broke yet?

I’m not sure about you, but it would seem to me that the cost of living has sky rocketed over the last 12 months.  The below index confirms this, however, I have to believe that these government figures are missing something!  What is does accurately illustrate, is that for the last 11 months running versus 2007, I was indeed correct.  The flip side of this is that throughout the last eight years of the Bush era, salaries stagnated or shrunk, etc…  So how much more belt tightening can you do?  I want to believe the message that America can change its course and revitalize itself on a new foundation, restore its integrity, be a leader in positive change, be an example for the World! …  Damn that sure was a good joint!     Like that’s really going to happen – NOT!

12 Months Percent Change – Consumer Price Index – All Urban Consumers

Not Seasonally Adjusted
Area:         U.S. city average
Item:         All items

 

Year

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Annual

HALF1

HALF2

1998

1.6

1.4

1.4

1.4

1.7

1.7

1.7

1.6

1.5

1.5

1.5

1.6

1.6

1.5

1.6

1999

1.7

1.6

1.7

2.3

2.1

2.0

2.1

2.3

2.6

2.6

2.6

2.7

2.2

1.9

2.5

2000

2.7

3.2

3.8

3.1

3.2

3.7

3.7

3.4

3.5

3.4

3.4

3.4

3.4

3.3

3.5

2001

3.7

3.5

2.9

3.3

3.6

3.2

2.7

2.7

2.6

2.1

1.9

1.6

2.8

3.4

2.2

2002

1.1

1.1

1.5

1.6

1.2

1.1

1.5

1.8

1.5

2.0

2.2

2.4

1.6

1.3

1.9

2003

2.6

3.0

3.0

2.2

2.1

2.1

2.1

2.2

2.3

2.0

1.8

1.9

2.3

2.5

2.0

2004

1.9

1.7

1.7

2.3

3.1

3.3

3.0

2.7

2.5

3.2

3.5

3.3

2.7

2.3

3.0

2005

3.0

3.0

3.1

3.5

2.8

2.5

3.2

3.6

4.7

4.3

3.5

3.4

3.4

3.0

3.8

2006

4.0

3.6

3.4

3.5

4.2

4.3

4.1

3.8

2.1

1.3

2.0

2.5

3.2

3.8

2.6

2007

2.1

2.4

2.8

2.6

2.7

2.7

2.4

2.0

2.8

3.5

4.3

4.1

2.8

2.5

3.1

2008

4.3

4.0

4.0

3.9

4.2

5.0

5.6

5.4

4.9

 

 

 

 

4.2

 

 

Written by jointefforthost

October 24, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Nancy Pelosi, not part of the change!

There is still time to make a difference and start on the path towards a real positive change!

Video made by OPERATIONITCH.com

Please consider a real change!  Go to:  www.cindyforcongress.org

Written by jointefforthost

October 23, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Socialism in America

What a dirty word!   It seems at least to me that Americans have been so conditioned to react to this word as if the Devil himself had conceived of it!    What I really fail to comprehend is the overall lack of understanding of just how socialist we are.   If you ask the average “Joe” if they would prefer to have private and competitive fire departments to put the fires out in their home, they would say NO.  If you asked if they would prefer that our country hire a contract private military to fight our wars in lieu of having a US military, they would say NO.  The list can go on and on to include law enforcement, public roads, libraries, schools, etc…   And nobody wants Social Security messed with either!   I just fail to see the disconnect.  

privitize

On the way to work today, I heard a great piece on PBS radio and think that it did a far better job of discussing the matter than I ever could.   Thus, if you would like to read a great article on the subject of our taxes and what purpose they serve, please go to this LINK and read: “All tax plans are wealth redistribution” by Will Wilkerson.

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October 22, 2008 at 7:15 pm

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