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GlaxoSmithKline to Pay $3bn in US Drug Fraud Scandal

Health & Wellness  (tags: Deputy US Attorney General, GlaxoSmithKline, fraud, bribes, drugs, drug company, crime, corruption, healthcare )

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GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is to pay $3bn (£1.9bn) in the largest healthcare fraud settlement in US history.

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Dee C (229)
Monday July 2, 2012, 6:28 pm
The drug giant is to plead guilty to promoting two drugs for unapproved uses and failing to report safety data about a diabetes drug to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The settlement will cover criminal fines as well as civil settlements with the federal and state governments.

The case concerns the drugs Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia.

Deputy US Attorney General James Cole told a news conference in Washington DC that the settlement was "unprecedented in both size and scope".
Doctors bribed

GSK, one of the world's largest healthcare and pharmaceuticals companies, admitted to promoting antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin for unapproved uses, including treatment of children and adolescents.

MmAway M (505)
Monday July 2, 2012, 6:57 pm
Thank you Dee, about hurled on my laptop when I said Ha!

About time they pay up! NOT ACCEPTABLE at all for what these Drug companies do PERIOD!...


Kelly Rogers (303)
Monday July 2, 2012, 7:01 pm

MmAway M (505)
Monday July 2, 2012, 7:02 pm
Oh For Cotten Picken Sake can't send you a star...and by the way how to you spelll

Aw Ce Wa Wa...Heard that the the other day and that fits this also ~ WOUND UP and sorry sweetie...Great news! You are a dear friend! Hope I didn't upset you with my ranting!!!!

Roseann d (178)
Monday July 2, 2012, 10:30 pm
Glad I don't and won't take that crap. Phama is loaded with GMOs, against the Hippicratic oath to cause no harm. They won't tell ya the ingredients because of patents, or how it's sourced. How crazy is that to put God knows what in your body?

Alice C (1797)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 3:38 am
Thank you for posting this very important information ~ will share.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 8:01 am

Intentional harm, so pay up. Three billion is not enough. Each company that allows or causes harm to the environment and therefore all living creatures should pay a years worth of profit. No matter what business they are doing. These idiots are killing customers in pursuit of profits, some self regulation, that proves they need strict guidelines and the government always looking over their shoulder.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 8:20 am
thanks for sharing.

Kenneth L (314)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 8:45 am
Thanks Dee, very informative.
No, it is not enough. An ex-big pharma sales rep. says they COUNT on having to pay fines and put a 'kitty' aside for it.
There are MANY such articles regarding big pharma drug corporations and their illegal and harmful drug-pushing, so many it's hard to choose which ones to post.
The real tragedy and crime is all the innocent victims whose lives and health have been harmed because of these corporation's illegal and unethical pushing of their drugs.


Arielle S (313)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 8:46 am
I like your idea, Kit, altho I would change one year's profits to five years - about time these companies have some responsibility for what they do and the only way they'll change is to get where it hurts most - financially.

. (0)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 10:29 am
There has been a huge ad campaign for these drugs for a long time. Who knows the extent of the damage this drug company has done....

Dee C (229)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 11:05 am
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last week.

And stars sent to all of the members who commented..

Dee C (229)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 11:06 am
Marilyn..of course I am not upset at your ranting..Never worry about that..even if we were disagreeing..You can rant on..*hug*


Dee C (229)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 11:12 am
Kit and Arielle..Ken..I agree..however I'll take it even further..for what this company did they should be put out of business and shut down completely..People die from crap like this..and there is not enough money in their damn kitty that could compensate for that..

It's a absolute disgrace that they can get away with this with just a drop in the bucket..and with the money they make you bet its just a drop in the bucket to them..

And the Doctors that were bribed..same thing they should lose their licenses..

What ever happened to "first do no harm" that is in the oath they take..

Absolutely disgraceful..

Elizabeth M (65)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 3:19 pm
Thank you for sharing this important article Dee. Important to myself, as I was on Paxil, Wellbutrin another time and also taking Advair. It is very scary to realize that these Big Pharmaceuticals can get away with this. This is
probably a pittence for a hugh company, and if someone has been harmed, there is no amount of money that would do any good. I have chronic depression, and am trying to get myself off of all antidepressants!!

penny C (85)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 4:10 pm
Thanks Dee.

Tuesday July 3, 2012, 4:55 pm
This is probably not the end of it.

Edgar Zuim (47)
Tuesday July 3, 2012, 8:12 pm
Thanks for the info.

Tuesday July 3, 2012, 10:33 pm
noted with thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 12:53 pm
Thanks...heard this on the news. A mere fine...nothing to them. The company should face criminal charges...and jail time for those responsible.

Lindsay K (6)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 1:00 pm
So many people have suffered as a result of taking Avandia. Many of us didn't have a choice. Many of those who didn't suffer strokes or with heart problems put on loads and loads of weight, endured scathing comments from doctors and other people about our weight, without being able to do much about it, and have now got problems such as varicose veins, bad hips and knees.

And GSC knew about these problems and still carried on marketing these drugs!

Hartson Doak (39)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 1:38 pm
The problem is that the fine is not enough. It will recompense those that were hurt? The company heads will still get huge salarys and they will sacrifice a few goats at the alter of greed. They will then continue getting away with it. Because there is so much money to be made that those who are at the top will continue to do it. Cut off the head. Put them in jail for murder and attempted murder. There is no other way to stop this. Underling did not do this on their own. They get nothing for doing it.

Robert Garvin (46)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 5:35 pm
The control of these drugs should be taken right out of the hands of the industry itself and the lobbyists that the drug companies have for the purpose of supposedly "doing the best" for humanity, who in fact only do the best for the drug companies, should be banned from having anything to do with legislation.

These companies have for years been getting into the ears of the politicians. Some years ago here in Australia we had the closing down of PAN Pharmaceuticals. It was like the Azaria Chamberlain case, an absolute farse of false information. PAN Pharmaceuticals were producing around 80% of the Natural Vitamin C in Aus.

We had a great amount of news stories talking about some great pandemic that was hitting the world and that many millions were going to die because of this concocted "flu" that was killing people in China. They were bemoaning the fact that it would be at least TWO years before they would have a usable vaccine to "fight" this terrible scourge. That is, until some hair brained doctor went public and stated quite emphatically that the simple answer to this "scourge" was plain NATURAL Vitamin "C". Funny thing was that in the news a few days later the drug companies had miraculously come up with a "NEW" drug to combat this terrible FLU.

PAN eventually won their case some years later and were awarded millions in compensation. That had not stopped the closure of that company but it did effectively remove the greater part of the Natural Vitamin C from the market shelves at the time when it was most needed. This really was a CRIMINAL activity that had been perpetrated by those who were pushing "their" particular drugs and effectively destroying someone else who actually had the REAL answer to the problem.
The owner of PAN actually donated his compensation to a fund to help others who would be affected by this type of skulduggery from the Big Pharma mob.

There was so much disinformation being spread around that even the Wharfies would NOT unload ships of machinery until they had been in port for a minimum of five weeks so that this bug would have died at around four weeks. The disinformation business of the drug companies was crippling to our economy.

I was personally affected because I needed a certain piece of machinery which was on one of those ships and although it came into port on time, I was unable to take delivery of this item for another six weeks.

Carole R (203)
Wednesday July 4, 2012, 11:37 pm
Thanks for the info.

Nelson Baker (0)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 5:44 am
You cannot trust any drug company.

Nancy M (197)
Thursday July 5, 2012, 11:33 am
Glad they got caught and have to pay. But Hartston has a great point. A little jail time for some of these CEOs wouldn't hurt.
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