Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The wanton disregard for humanity in the quest for profits is disgusting. J&J is no different than street corner drug dealers, except they operate under the cover of a "corporation". Just take a look at the picture above...
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THERE IS NO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE PATTERN OF REALLY BAD CORPORATE BEHAVIOR OF J&J. MAYBE THERE IS AND WE DON'T KNOW IT.
They certainly offer no relief of any kind to "externalities", those they know they are going to harm. They just do not know the names or the faces of those they know they will harm. Those nifty little package inserts sealed in the sterile packaging of their medical devices with all those disclaimers protect them legally in almost all instances.
Of course, their billions of dollars of profit also protect them, as it is virtually impossible to win in a lawsuit for the harm they cause.
See excerpts from the RPM Report below which may be the beginnings of those investigations, we can only hope:
Monday, November 09 2009 - Omnicare Settles Long Term Care Kickback Case; Is J&J the Real Target? By Michael McCaughan
"In an era of billion dollar fraud settlements, a $98 million settlement with Omnicare and an even smaller agreement with Ivax may seem like small potatoes. But prosecutors still have some big fish on the hook, including Johnson & Johnson....Here is what J&J says specifically about the Omnicare investigation:
In September 2005, the Company received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts, seeking documents related to sales and marketing of eight drugs to Omnicare, Inc., a manager of pharmaceutical benefits for long-term care facilities. The Johnson & Johnson subsidiaries involved responded to the subpoena. Several employees of the Company's pharmaceutical subsidiaries have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury in connection with this investigation.
In April 2009, the Company was served with the complaints in two civil qui tam cases relating to marketing of prescription drugs to Omnicare, Inc. The complaints assert claims under the federal False Claims Act and related state statutes in connection with the marketing of several drugs to Omnicare. The government has not yet announced whether it will intervene in these cases."
"But that is not the only investigation involving Risperdal disclosed by J&J. The company's 10-Q filing cites at least 8 other subpoenas received by the company involving promotions of the product:
(1) a January 2004 subpoena seeking information about "sales and marketing of, and clinical trials for" from the Office of Personnel Management (which runs the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program);
(2) a November 2005 subpoena seeking information about "marketing of and adverse reactions to" Risperdal from the Philadelphia US Attorney (which brought the Zyprexa case);
(3) grand jury "subpoenas" related to that investigation;
(4-6) three separate subpoenas from the feds in Boston, Philadelphia and San Francisco "concerning, respectively, sales and marketing of Risperdal by Janssen (now OMJPI), Topamax by Ortho-McNeil (now OMJPI) and Natrecor by Scios" seeking "information regarding the Company's corporate supervision and oversight of these three subsidiaries, including their sales and marketing of these drugs";
(7) grand jury "subpoenas" in Boston related to those investigations; and
(8) a "HIPPA Subpoena" from Boston a "seeking information regarding the Company's financial relationship with several psychiatrists."
That tally does not include product liability cases (including some filed by state and federal government payors) involving Risperdal, nor does it include numerous pricing cases that presumably involve Risperdal as well.
We have no idea when or if any of those cases will result in prosecutions or settlements. But if they do, we're betting there will be some big numbers on the table."
MEANWHILE…..FROM PHARMALOT.COM …
Weldon Pays $8.5M For Florida Lots As J&J Cuts Jobs
By Ed Silverman November 3rd, 2009 // 3:07 pm
Just a week before announcing that Johnson & Johnson will cut some 8,000 jobs, J&J chair and chief executive Bill Weldon plunked down $8.45 million for two adjacent vacant waterfront lots in North Palm Beach, Fl., and he bought them from former General Electric chair and chief executive Jack Welch, according to The Palm Beach Daily News and brought to our attention by Bnet.
The properties are listed as 1264 Lake Worth Lane in Lost Tree Village with 113 feet of water frontage for $2.975 million and 1284 Lake Worth Lane, with 111 feet of frontage, for $5 million, according to the Property Appraiser’s Office records, the paper writes. Several realtors advertise exclusive properties in the enclave.
One of the realtors has this to say: “Lost Tree…is known for its Ocean, intracoastal, golf course, and lake views…There are homes on Lake Worth with wide water views and deep water ocean access, golf cottages located near the private golf course, and homes on interior lakes in this beautiful community. Lost Tree offers a private 18 hole golf course, 8 tennis courts, private beach…a beautiful beach club with a private restaurant open 2 days a week for dinner and for lunches most of the year.”
As for J&J employees? Some will be canvassing severance packages, COBRA health plans and, possibly, unemployment benefits. “These types of changes are difficult under any circumstances, and will have a very personal impact on people who have been dedicated to the mission of Johnson & Johnson,” Weldon says in today’s statement about the reorganization. Well, if nothing else, he’s stimulating the economy, albeit a well-to-do pocket.
MY THOUGHTS ON CEO WELDON’S PURCHASES….
For what it’s worth, all those $8.5 million after tax dollars Weldon is spending is on the backs of thousands and thousands of injured patients.
Johnson & Johnson spends millions and millions of dollars paying legions of attorneys to continue to make their billions of dollars in profit. Don’t believe me check out the Pacer System and do a search on J&J…literally hundreds of cases at any given time.
Think…Panacryl sutures, Ortho Evra patches, Prolene mesh, Intergel adhesion preventive…they will put anything on the market…deadly or not.
Just ask their Dr. Joel Lippman, their ex-Chief Medical Oficer, who tried to stop some of these products from going on the market.
If they were spending ANY of that money on the “externalities”, as they call injured patients, God bless Weldon.
As that is not the case, I am not sending any blessings Weldon’s way.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
September 19, 2009
Dr. Diana Zuckerman, President of the National Research Center for Women & Families; Nancy Muller, Executive Director of the national Association for Continence; and Ken W. Goodman, PhD, Director, Bioethics Program and Co-Director, Ethics Programs, University of Miami.
FDA on Surgical Mesh for Hernia Repairs:
Thursday, September 3, 2009
“MINIMALLY INVASIVE OUTPATIENT PROCEDURES”
The manufacturers of these products know they cause serious permanent injury to patients, but continue to sell them as safe and effective, “approved” by the FDA.
Major pharmaceutical companies sell small pieces of polypropylene mesh [looks like window screen with raw edges] for thousands of dollars and call them “medical devices”.
The same polypropylene is also used to make pots and pans, roofing membrane, road paving materials, silt fences, carpeting...lots of things.
Polypropylene implanted in humans through “minimally invasive outpatient procedures” can cause severe permanent debilitating pain, death, perforation of the bladder, strangulation of the bowel, inability to sit, stand, walk, urinate or have sex and male infertility. These complications can appear immediately after surgery or many years later.
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Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thank God Johnson & Johnson is being held accountable!
Just like Ethisphere Magazine a couple of years ago, I ask "What's Ailing Johnson & Johnson?"
My opinion: A complete lack of ethics and the pursuit of profit legally or illegally. They are a major part of the health care crisis because of their disease mongering, creating a "disease" and then providing the drug or device which will "maintain", never cure the disease, all the while making literally billions of dollars in profit.
The J&J Credo clearly states their first responsibility is to their stockholders, not to the patients whom they profess to "cure".
Funny this Whistleblower case over their Procrit drug GOT NO PRESS! Unbelievable...J&J gets everything swept under the carpet...broken sterilizers in San Angelo, Texas that pumped out over 3.4 million unsterilized Vicry sutures in the early 90's, deaths from the Ortho Evra patch in the last couple of years, deaths and horrific complications from their trademark Prolene polypropylene mesh tape used for hernia repairs, bladder suspension for both men and women and pelvic organ prolapse.
My thoughts: Think Revelations 21:8..."But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
QUOTED FROM: http://thesettlementchannel.squarespace.com/
Procrit whistleblower case revived by First District appeals court decision
Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 07:37AM
In a stunning turn of events on what could be one of the largest Qui Tam cases in US history, the First Circuit Federal Appeals Court released it's opinion today reinstating a part of the whistleblower claim against Ortho Biotech, the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, regarding the alleged kick back scheme for it's drug Procrit
This case was spearheaded by Attorney Jan Schlichtmann on behalf of the relators Duxbury and MacClellan and when the trial court dismissed the claim, the appeal was filed and argued in mid 2008 and today's decision affirmed part of the decision but cleared the way for the Duxbury claim on kick backs and rebating tied to the off label marketing and use of Procrit in oncology clinics and hospitals.
We will be having Attorney Jan Schlichtmann on Speaking of Justice today to discuss the courts ruling, his thoughts on the elements that were affirmed as well as the next steps in this long dormant but now front page Whistle Blower case regarding Procrit and the marketing of it's off label use. As long time readers of this page will recall this was also featured in a Wall Street Journal profile on the case at about the time of the original trial in 2007 and while many had given the case up for dead, the Appeals Court has done a comprehensive analysis of what the bar is to filing a Whistle Blower claim and brought in a real stunner on what could be a massive potential claim against Ortho Biotech.
Of interest to structured settlement and claims professionals is the fact that this case is also potentially one of the largest non-qualifed structured settlement cases in US history due to the early and comprehensive use of a 468B trust to handle any and all claims attached to this Qui Tam case and subsequent litigation. This will be an intriguing case to follow so don't miss this broadcast!
Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 07:44PM
In this video earlier today with Attorney Jan Schlichtmann, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the Ortho Biotech Qui Tam case, joins Speaking of Justice to discuss how this case will proceed given the stunning decision by the US Appeals Court to certify Mark Duxbury as a whistleblower.
As mentioned in my earlier post, this case if it is joined by the US Attorney and Attorney General has the potential to be a multi-billion dollar recovery according to AP reports in todays news.
The question becomes, will Attorney General's prior work as counsel for Johnson & Johnson in any way influence the decision by the US Attorney's office to join the case and attempt to recover billions of dollars of taxpayer money at a time when Health Care is utterly dominating the political news and debate.
Why in the world, given the ruling of the US Appeals Court, which appears to be totally consistent with the Rockwell ruling by the Supreme Court in 2007, wouldn't the US Attorney proceed to go get these funds? I guess we will find out shortly if this Justice Department is going to be a true departure from the Bush DOJ very shortly.
QUOTED FROM: www.drugrecalllawyerblog.com
Posted On: August 24, 2009 by John J. Cord
Johnson & Johnson Warned by FDA
Last week, the FDA sent a warning letter to Johnson & Johnson over trials of its antibiotic drug, ceftobiprole. J&J hopes that Ceftobiprole will be approved for treatment of skin infections, including MRSA (which is frequently a hospital-acquired infection).
The FDA reports that J&J has been violating its own study protocols, including:
Failure to ensure that patients properly store the drug
Failure to perform appropriate patient examinations
Failure to document some doses given to patients
Hiring unqualified investigators
Enrolling patients who do not meet J&J’s own eligibility criteria
These types of problems are systemic in the whole system. Many blame the FDA for allowing bad drugs to reach the market, but the primary failure is with the drug companies who fail to conduct adequate studies (or worse, hide the results of their otherwise-adequate studies). The FDA does not do independent studies of the drugs—that is not something taxpayers should have to pay for. Drugmakers have responsibility to perform studies of their own drugs to ensure they meet safety and efficacy requirements. Unfortunately, this is sometimes like the wolf guarding the hen house.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
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