Monday, July 2, 2012

GlaxoSmithKline Plea - Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement

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What one always must bear in mind when reading these sensational, high-dollar settlements between drug manufacturers and the Department of Justice, is that they almost invariably represent the story the DOJ wants to tell, rather than the truth and the facts. After all, the drug companies have a proverbial gun to their heads -- they either settle and confess guilt, or else they are debarred from Medicare and other federal programs. Since no drug company can survive when debarred, these settlements are the product of federal government extortion. Were a private party to exert the kind of pressure that the feds exert in extracting these "settlements," that private party would be subject to indictment for extortion. HARVEY SILVERGLATE, Cambridge and Boston.

Posted by: Harvey A. Silverglate | Jul 3, 2012 9:15:20 AM

" To me it seemed like an indictment of a possible discovery violation, if that, by none other then the DOJ, who had its share of discovery violations in failing to provide Brady material in cases like the Ted Stevens case."

I'm not sure I understand this sentence.

Posted by: ??? | Jul 3, 2012 11:00:04 AM

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