Cancer Doc Canceled Ethics

7/7/2015 The sentencing hearing for Dr. Farid Fata began yesterday in Detroit. The Oakland County doctor is on his way to prison after mistreating patients and bilking insurance companies. Opting for a life of luxury with a fraud, money laundering and conspiracy scheme this cancer doc canceled ethics in his practice. Fata, age 50, pleaded

Zithromax – A Fast but Dangerous Antibiotic

7/6/2015 One of the most popular antibiotics on the market may also be one of the most dangerous. Zithromax’ unbelievably short prescription length (three days!), as well as its efficacy in treating bacterial infections such as pneumonia, tonsillitis and ear infections, is behind that popularity. However, it turns out the Z-pak is a fast but

Can We Talk Malpractice?

7/6/2015 Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa is now demanding sworn answers from the doctor whose alleged negligence killed her mother. Dr. Lawrence Cohen is up in arms – via his attorney – over what he says is Rivers’ effort to “probe too deeply and too soon.” Can we talk malpractice? A little background first: Our Lady

Big Pharma Owns Your Doctors

7/6/2015 GlaxoSmithKline Plc, the biggest of the Big Pharma in the U.K., is trying to break its habit of buying doctors in the wake of a $3B settlement over its sales and marketing practices. Yet despite its sincere efforts, the company still paid U.S. doctors around $15M to learn about and promote its drugs in

Aetna to Buy Humana in Industry-Altering Deal

7/3/2015 Following last week’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, two leading health insurers will be combining to form the second largest company in the industry. Aetna, the third-largest insurer will acquire Humana, the country’s fourth largest health plan provider. Aetna will pay a cash and stock equivalent to

Novartis Faces up to $3.3 Billion in Damages from Whistleblower Kickback Suit

7/2/2015 In what may be the largest whistleblower lawsuit ever, the Justice Department, along with 11 states, are accusing Swiss pharmaceutical titan, Novartis, of running a massive kickback scheme through the U.S. Medicare and Medicaid programs. Specifically, the U.S. is accusing the drugmaker of referring patients to a handful of specialty pharmacies who sent in

Supreme Court Rules against EPA on Mercury Emissions

6/29/2015 After a historic week in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize gay marriage, as well as delivering a decision that will likely entrench Obamacare as the law of the land, the Court handed President Obama a major defeat to his environmental agenda. On the last day of the Court’s session, it ruled

Rapid Settlements follow DOJ’s Non-Compete Suit against Michigan Hospitals: Allegiance to Fight Case

6/26/2015 The U.S. Justice Department along with Michigan’s Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit on Thursday, alleging that four Southern Michigan hospital systems violated antitrust laws by agreeing not to compete with each other. The civil suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit, claiming that the hospitals conducted a “hands-off” marketing arrangement, with each