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Pharmaceutical Insiders with Proof of Company’s Improper Relationships: Federal Law Offers Whistleblowers Opportunity for Sizable Financial Compensation, Parker Waichman LLP Says
Date:10/22/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) October 22, 2013

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm that represents whistleblowers in qui tam cases, is looking to inform potential whistleblowers in the pharmaceutical industry that if they have proof of an improper relationship between their firm and a government entity, such as a regulating agency, financial opportunities abound, courtesy of the federal government.

One recent example involving a potential unlawful relationship between a regulator and one or more pharmaceutical companies centers on a scientific panel charged with shaping the federal government’s policy for testing the safety and effectiveness of painkillers. As The Washington Post reported on Oct. 6, 2013, major pharmaceutical companies funded the panel, paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for an opportunity “to affect the thinking” of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), according to hundreds of emails that were obtained via a public records request.

The emails show, The Washington Post noted, that the pharmaceutical companies paid as much as $25,000 to attend panel meetings. Two medical professors, Robert Dworkin of the University of Rochester and Dennis Turk of the University of Washington, organized the panel, and as The Washington Post reported, the emails mainly described their efforts at financing and organizing the group and its meetings.

The Post article further noted that the FDA has been disparaged for failing to put in place stricter precautions that might have helped the U.S. to avoid the, “epidemic of addiction to prescription drugs,” such as Oxycontin and other opioids.

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