My thoughts: I think those responsible should be going to jail. A blue collar worker, stealing a bottle of aspirin, will go to jail. Aventis, guilty of stealing $95 million, gets to pay it back, and the responsible parties are free to do it again. Justice should be blind, but apparently, if your pockets are lined with the almighty dollar, you get, basically, a free pass.
Pharmaceutical giant Aventis must pay more than 95 million dollars in an out-of-court settlement, after overcharging US and local health agencies for medications destined for indigent patients, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
“We will continue to ensure that programs for the most vulnerable portions of our population do not pay any more for pharmaceutical products than they should under the law,” Tony West, an assistant attorney general at the US Justice Department said in a statement announcing the settlement.
Aventis Pharmaceutical Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sanofi-Aventis, acknowledged that it violated the False Claims Act by misreporting drug prices for patients in the Medicaid Drug Rebate program for poor patients.
Under the program, Aventis was required to report to Medicaid the lowest price that it charged commercial customers, and pay quarterly rebates to the states for their Medicaid patients, based on those reported prices.
But Aventis deliberately misquoted the prices, underpaying rebates to Medicaid and overcharging some public health agencies for the medications.
Speaking to an audience in Michigan, Bush asserted that the information obtained in enhanced interrogations saved American lives. He avoided criticizing Obama for his interrogation policy changes.
From the CNN article:
“The former president earned a noisy standing ovation when asked what he wants his legacy to be.
“‘Well, I hope it is this: The man showed up with a set of principles, and he was unwilling to sacrifice his soul for the sake of popularity,’ he said.”
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Last week the American Psychiatric Association held their annual meeting in San Francisco. One of the topics discussed was an upcoming revision of a book titled, “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” It was originally published in 1952 and is revised about once a decade. This “bible” for the mental health industry has been translated into 13 languages and is recognized around the world as the authoritative text on mental health. Some of the new “mental illnesses” under consideration for the next revision have been leaked, and are described here.
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There are a couple of new mental illnesses I smiled about. Embitterment Disorder and Pathological Bias. As if the Republicans didn’t already have enough problems! Now the whole bunch needs treatment for these new mental illnesses! Oh, and on that Pathological Bias — some are saying if bigotry makes the cut for the new DSM, it could have profound implications for our justice system, sparking more defense-attorney tactics that begin with, “Your Honor, my client suffers from…”