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Johnson & Johnson accused of drug kickbacks

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posted on Jan, 16 2010 @ 10:38 PM
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Johnson & Johnson accused of drug kickbacks


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Johnson & Johnson paid leading US pharmacy group Omnicare to promote its antipsychotic drug Risperdal for elderly patients, the US government alleges in a lawsuit.

According to the Justice Department, which announced the lawsuit on its website, Johnson & Johnson paid Omnicare, which is the largest US pharmacy for nursing homes, to push drugs including Risperdal.

The complaint filed in Boston on Friday targets Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems.

They are accused of paying millions of dollars in kickbacks
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posted on Jan, 16 2010 @ 10:38 PM
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More stories of intrigue from the Corporate Government and Corporations deemed to big to fail.

If Vito Corleone the Mafia Don of the Godfather movie fame was convicted of giving kickbacks off his drug enterprise be would face racketeering charges and years behind bars.

But if you are Johnson and Johnson the name doctor Mom most trusts, and a huge pharmaceutical dispensing firm that runs a sizable portion of the nation’s nursing home’s pharmaceutical needs for the elderly, you simply pay a fine!

After all the government wants its kickback too!

No one goes to jail, no one is forced out of business, the lawyers make some money, the government makes some money and everyone goes home a winner except the American taxpayer and the people trapped in nursing home care.

How long are we going to have two sets of laws? One for the corporations where they just pay fines for doing what a private citizen would go to jail for if they did the same?

Our system of government is completely broken and morally bankrupt people!


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posted on Jan, 16 2010 @ 10:41 PM
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"J&J understood that Omnicare's pharmacists reviewed nursing home patients? charts at least monthly and made recommendations to physicians on what drugs should be prescribed for those patients," the Department of Justice said in a statement.

"The government further alleges that J&J knew that physicians accepted the Omnicare pharmacists? recommendations more than 80 percent of the time, and that J&J viewed such pharmacists as an 'extension of [J&J's] sales force.'"

Omnicare entered into a 98-million-dollar settlement in November with the government.




Nice little payday here, Omnicare makes hundreds of millions in kickbacks, Johnson and Johnson secures 80% of a lucrative captive market, and the government cuts itself in for a cool 98 million to look the other way!

Our government really is a criminal enterprise and a racket.



posted on Jan, 17 2010 @ 07:45 AM
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They are accused of paying millions of dollars in kickbacks to Omnicare.



Omnicare entered into a millions of dollars 98-million-dollar settlement in November with the government.


Nice.

[edit on 17-1-2010 by SassyCat]



posted on Jan, 17 2010 @ 07:51 PM
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Great work if you can get it huh?

Go to work, pay a few bribes, go down to the court house have your lawyers negotiate the government's cut, go back to work and still have your job a free person!



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