by Howard Janet
on November 12, 2012
The pharmaceutical industry is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to schemes to defraud the government. From hiding evidence of high-risk side effects to offering kickbacks to doctors to push their products, drug makers have increasingly been brought to justice by whistleblowers who know about the criminal behavior and report it to authorities. Settlement of just 80 drug manufacturing cases has returned over $19 billion to the U.S. government and the states as of May 2012, according to the non-profit Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund.
More despicable than the taxpayer rip-off is the danger these companies create for patients. Consider these recent cases:
In each case, a company insider came forward to report the abuse to authorities. In the case of Boehringer Ingelheim, the action put an end to the scheme, punished the company financially and sent a clear message that such fraud won’t be tolerated. As for Takeda Pharmaceutical, the company is also the target of hundreds of patient lawsuits that hopefully, will result in compensation for injuries and deaths.
Pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars a year, and most drugs are safe. However, a few bad players can cause enormous damage not only to the industry’s public image but to any patient or family harmed for no reason other than greed. Whistleblowers, by reporting illegal behavior, have become a potent force for drug and patient safety.
Janet, Jenner & Suggs’ attorneys are national leaders in bringing pharmaceutical companies to justice, and also represent whistleblowers in False Claims Act lawsuits. The combination makes us especially powerful when it comes to investigating and litigating fraud by drug companies. We stand ready to represent any whistleblower with knowledge of drug company fraud. If you want to blow the whistle, we’ll make sure it’s heard.
Howard Janet has been representing plaintiffs in complex civil litigation for more than 30 years in the areas of medical malpractice, birth injuries, “whistleblower” lawsuits, and environmental litigation. Best Lawyers in America® honored him as the 2012 Lawyer of the Year–Personal Injury, Baltimore, MD. READ FULL BIO