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Archive for May 9th, 2009

Pharma Watch – Be Informed! ~ FRAUD

money-printingFake Merck Journal Printed by Elsevier
Pharmaceutical giant Merck paid science publisher Elsevier to put out a fake peer-reviewed scientific journal called Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine.  Elsevier is also the publisher of Health News Daily, The Gray Sheet (coverage of the medical device industry), The Pink Sheet (coverage of the prescription drug industry) and The Green Sheet (a publication for pharmacists)m which raises the question:  What did Elsevier know, and when did it know it? //  more


drugcostsForest Reserves $170 Million
Forest Laboratories has set aside $170 million to settle a False Claims Act case related to the kickbacks paid to doctors for off-label prescription of the antidepressants Celexa and Lexapro to children as well as the off-label marketing of Levothroid. Forest notes that “there can be no assurance that the amount reserved by the Company will be sufficient and that a larger material amount will not be required.”  // more



crossfingerWellCare to Pay $80 Million
WellCare Health Plans has agreed to pay $80 million to settle charges the company inflated Medicaid charges in Florida.  The settlement only applies only to Florida, and does not settle any other state or federal investigations of WellCare.   //  more




Be an informed consumer!  Don’t believe for one minute that the Pharma industry has your best interest in mind…   Making you well does not generate profits.  Visit the Taxpayers Against Fraud web site ( to see just how many of the companies that you thought, you could trust with your health, that are committing fraud.  They are fined enormous dollars that get passed back to you, the consumer!

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Ed Schultz MSNBC – Single Payer, WHY OFF “The Table” Senator Max Baucus?

Ed Schultz speaks with Dr. Margaret Flowers of Physicians for a National Health Program about whether single-payer is on or off “the table” and what it’s like getting arrested by Capitol Hill police…

I am so pleased that Ed Schultz  of MSNBC did this story!   Thank You Ed & MSNBC, you might actually restore my faith in some US media…


Call or Fax  Senator Max Baucus and tell him that SINGLE PAYER is indeed on the table &  let him know how much you “respect” his performance!   Phone: (202) 224-2651 (Office)   //  (202) 224-9412 (Fax)

And one more – Call President Obama at the White House, the Senator’s boss in this matter and tell him that the Senator respects us!  Also tell him Single Payer is not for later, the time is NOW!  (202-456-1414 or  202- 456-1111)