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Johnson & Johnson engaged in elaborate drug profit kickback scheme, says Dept. of Justice lawsuit

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Johnson & Johnson engaged in elaborate drug profit kickback scheme, says Dept. of Justice lawsuit

Thursday, January 21, 2010
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

(NaturalNews) Drug maker Johnson & Johnson paid tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks to nursing home pharmacies in order to boost the sale of its drugs, says a Justice Department lawsuit.

The payments were often disguised as grants or "educational funding," says the lawsuit, and they were directed to Omnicare, a prominent nursing home pharmacy company.

The elaborate kickback scheme caused sales of Johnson & Johnson drugs to skyrocket. Sales of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal, for example, helped J&J drug purchases from Omnicare nearly triple from $100 million to $280 million a year.

An email released by the Justice Department shows an Omnicare executive writing:

"WE ARE SELLING MORE HIGH PRICED DRUGS (read Risperdal here) FOR THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY!!"

Omnicare is already steeped in other accusations of fraud. The company agreed to pay the U.S. government $98 million in a settlement reached a few months ago (while admitting no guilt, of course). (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009...)

Drugging the seniors

Today's nursing home patients are often treated much like prisoners, mentally shackled with chemical restraints known as pharmaceuticals. The mass-drugging of senior citizens in nursing homes has now reached criminal proportions. Rather than actually treating patients in ways that make them healthy, nursing home staff in some facilities have discovered it's much easier to just drug patients into a zombie-like state where they don't ask questions or cause trouble.

Johnson & Johnson medications are used as part of this "chemical restraint" recipe, which is actually a form ofchemical abuse of senior citizens. J&J and Omnicare, of course, are far more concerned with selling medications than actually improving the quality of life for nursing home patients, so the more drugs are sold and consumed, the more "success" these companies think they have.

But what's the cost in human lives? What is the real human impact of drugging our senior citizens to the point where they're barely human?

Companies like Johnson & Johnson only seem to care about their own profits. They appear to have no compassion whatsoever for the lives of the people impacted by their patented chemical pharmaceuticals. They also appear to have no respect for the law: Bribing Omnicare with kickbacks, if proven by the Justice Department, is a felony crime.

But as usually happens in these cases, Johnson & Johnson will probably get off with a slap on the wrist: An affordable fine and a bit of bad press. Then, like most other pharmaceutical companies, they'll likely go right back to violating the law in order to sell more high-profit medications. Why? Because it works.

Pharmaceutical companies rarely face any real consequences for their crimes, even when they're caught red-handed. It's a curious thing, really. In any other industry, companies engaged in such blatant fraud would be shut down, their CEOs arrested and prosecuted in federal court. But when it comes to Big Pharma, all they have to do is pay a small fine, after which they're free to continue committing crimes. 

It's nice to see the Justice Department finally going after these corporate crooks. Just last year, Pfizer was hit with a record $1 billion settlement with the Justice Department for engaging in fraudulent drug advertising. (http://www.naturalnews.com/027276_P...)

It was a rare victory, however. Most of the time, drug companies get away with their crimes and face no real consequences for bribery, corruption, marketing fraud, scientific fraud, intimidation of scientists or elaborate financial kickback schemes that put extra dollars into the hands of doctors or pharmacies that push their drugs.

The pharmaceutical industry, in case you haven't noticed, is a criminal world where those who commit the boldest and most egregious crimes generate the highest profits. The risk of getting caught is so low -- and the financial rewards for committing crimes are so great -- that drug companies fully realize it pays to break the law.

That's why they'll keep breaking the law until something changes. As I've said before, I think it's time the Justice Department marched into the offices of these drug companies with pistols drawn and arrested the top CEOs for their crimes against humanity. Only by showing these drug companies that their executives are going to be prosecuted for their crimes can we hope to put an end to the criminal activities that have now become routine across the pharmaceutical industry.

http://www.naturalnews.com/027994_Johnson_&_kickbacks.html

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Comments

1.
Rick GComment by Rick G - January 21, 2010, 8:22 am
If we stop putting their dangerous and unnecessary products into our bodies it will put them out of business and people would realize that they are fine without the drugs. The drugs themselves create new symptoms that in turn need to be treated with different drugs. It's a racket and the patient is the victim. Why isn't this problem (quackery) addressed in the health care discussion? (Rhetorical question, obvious answer.)

As a side note, the Rothschild banking family is heavily invested in Big Pharma. Anyone familiar with the history of these banking families should be leery of their business endeavors (like supporting both sides of a World War that they created). I don't even take 'their' aspirin any more.
2.
konaneComment by konane - January 21, 2010, 10:25 am
Great post! Amazing how many prescription drug commercials are aired now. Also how many 'investigational' drug studies are seeking participants to be 'compensated' for time and travel. Heard one on the radio which has to do with a female "disorder" of not having fantasies about intimacy. Create a disorder and cure it with their pill.
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LadyMylenaComment by LadyMylena - January 23, 2010, 6:22 pm
Yep, there's a pill for everything.
They've got everybody convinced they "need" them, and you're right Rick, they each one cause new symptoms, and they have "just the cure" for that. It's an endless cycle. I try to avoid drugs and doctors altogether, if I can help it.

I heard awhile back that they were having a big shortage of people to test investigational drugs. I guess most people don't want to be tested on, but "approved" drugs are certainly no safer, and every time you take one, you are risking your life, and putting your trust in Big Pharma. It makes me shudder to think about the people that I know, and how they run to the Dr for a prescription, every time they stub their toe!!!!! One woman even seems PROUD to tell me how many RX's she's taking, like it's good for her or something. lol

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