GlaxoSmithKline has added two more countries to its bribery-investigation list. The U.K.-based drugmaker now says it faces probes in Jordan and Lebanon, in addition to recently announced investigations in Iraq and Poland.
During a week in which The Guardian revealed that Britain intercepted and stored webcam images from millions of people, the FDA email snooping revealed in 2012 looks relatively innocent. But Republicans investigating the program think the regulator may have violated whistleblower laws by monitoring employees' emails.
Two years after press reports revealed that the FDA was extensively monitoring communications by some of its employees, a congressional committee has announced its verdict: The agency overstepped its authority--and may have broken laws meant to protect whistleblowers.
The FDA may have gone too far and violated federal law when it chose to monitor 6 scientists who made public their safety concerns about medical devices approved at the agency, a congressional investigation has concluded.
For former Endo sales rep Peggy Ryan, the pivotal moment came about three years into her employment with the Malvern, PA-based company. She was at a national meeting, where the topic of discussion was how to distribute off-label studies in an unsolicited way, she says.
A case involving a medical device company led to a U.S. Tax Court decision determining that whistle-blower awards must be taxed as ordinary income.
After a big U.S. Justice Department settlement--after the speeches, the press releases, the commentary--attention invariably turns to the people who first blew the whistle. It's no different in the case of Johnson & Johnson, which this week announced a $2.2 billion settlement and misdemeanor plea in a longstanding probe of its Risperdal marketing.
The latest report on healthcare fraud settlements is out, this time from Taxpayers Against Fraud. And this time, as usual, Big Pharma features prominently. The anti-fraud group regularly totes up whistleblower settlements with federal and state governments, and we all know that drugmaker payments account for billions.
Another Chinese whistleblower has targeted Big Pharma. This time, the bribery allegations involve Eli Lilly, and 30 million yuan in purported kickbacks to Chinese doctors. That's about $4.9 million, or 1% of the amount GlaxoSmithKline allegedly spread around, but if the previous pattern holds, China's government watchdogs will officially follow up on the media report.
Big Pharma, beware of your former (and possibly current) employees in China. Novartis is the latest drugmaker to be fingered for bribery by an anonymous whistleblower, just a few days after Sanofi got the same treatment. And Chinese officials say they're stepping up their pharma investigation even further.