Category Archives: Health

Maryland Attorney General AG Frosh takes legal action against Insys Therapeutics, maker of Subsys (Fentanyl)

Maryland AG Brian E. Frosh

Recently the Attorney General’s office in Maryland brought legal charges against the pharmaceutical company, Insys maker of the killer opioid, Subsys (Fentanyl) for endangering the lives of consumers in off-label marketing their billion dollar drug.  These charges lend themselves to ask — why did the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma unleash an epidemic of death and addiction throughout the country for almost two decades with virtually no concern or charges by any Attorney General as the body bag count mounted and we continue to lose a generation of our children?  Why did no federal agency consider charging Purdue Pharma under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) in 2007 when they were charged in Federal Court in Virginia with criminally marketing OxyContin — pleaded guilty — and are convicted felons?

Marianne Skolek Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) “RICO” is often thought of as a law designed to combat the Mafia. While that is how the law was first primarily used and intended, it has been applied in cases involving organizations that few people would mistake for the Mafia, including Major League Baseball, the Key West Police Department and the Catholic Church. RICO creates criminal and civil penalties for members of organizations that engage in patterns of criminal activity.  Why wasn’t Purdue Pharma charged under RICO?

Opioid Epidemic rages as DOJ refuses a Freedom of Information (FOI) request!

Richard Hollawell

There is an attorney in N.J. I refer to as the “Lone Ranger” fighting the prescription opioid epidemic destroying lives in the tens of thousands by taking appropriate legal action.  His name is Richard (Rick) Hollawell (photo shown).  

Marianne Skolek Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) Attorney Richard Hollawell has been seeking the very sought after 120 page report on Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin that caused the US Attorney’s office in Abingdon, VA to charge the pharmaceutical company in 2007 with criminally marketing their killer drug.  Three executives from Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty in Federal Court to the charges, Michael Friedman, Howard Udell and Paul Goldenheim.  No prison time was imposed and business continued as usual for Purdue Pharma.  So much so that eleven years later their profits surpass $30 billion with death and addiction tolls in the tens of thousands.

FDA can be sued in Prescription Opioid Epidemic — and should be!

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The FDA’s approval of dangerous prescription opioids over the years can best be described as “fire, aim, ready” as the epidemic continues to rage out of control.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)  Attached is a Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiff (Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Services Inc’s (PMRS) Motion for Summary Judgment filed against the United States Food and Drug administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  I encourage every Attorney General and law firm in the country suing Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin to read this filing carefully and apply it to current and future lawsuits.

Every Child Needs a Rose!

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Rose taught me to cook, to clean, to believe in myself, to have faith and most importantly to have a sense of humor

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

When I was a very little girl, I lived in a town outside the City of New Brunswick, N.J.  In those days there were TV shows each week that depicted the ideal family life.  Some of those shows were Ozzie & Harriet, The Donna Reed Show, as well as Father Knows Best.  I only dreamed of a life such as shown in living rooms through TV. 

Insys Therapeutics and Purdue Pharma “war criminals” responsible for opioid deaths and addictions!

Purdue Pharma CEO's Howard Udell, Chief Counsel, Paul Goldenheim, MD and Michael Friedman

President Trump calls for extermination of drug dealers responsible for causing deaths.  Should he include the pharmaceutical executives who knowingly marketed their dangerous opioids criminally which resulted in tens of thousands of deaths?

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

Last night, NBC Nightly News televised a segment on Insys Therapeutics and their criminal marketing of Subsys (Fentanyl) which has resulted in a landmark outcome — the arrest of CEO’s of the disgraced pharmaceutical company.  Here is a link to the NBC Nightly News broadcast https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/drug-company-bribed-doctors-to-prescribe-opioid-federal-indictment-says-1189045827628

Rudy Giuliani succeeded in keeping Purdue Pharma out of prison resulting in thousands of deaths!

Rudy Giuliani photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, pleaded guilty in federal court in 2007 to criminal charges that they misled regulators, doctors and patients about the drug’s risk of addiction and its potential to be abused.  The disgraced privately held Purdue Pharma, owned by the billionaire Sackler family, brought in “big guns” to negotiate the monetary settlement and hired Rudy Giuliani to avoid prison time.  Judge James Jones presiding over the sentencing imposed community service hours at a drug rehabilitation center to the three CEO’s of Purdue Pharma.  They were Michael Friedman, President, Howard Udell, Chief Counsel (now deceased) and Paul Goldenheim, MD.  With Giuliani’s shrewd legal skills utilized, Purdue Pharma continued to make billions of dollars while their created prescription opioid epidemic raged out of control.

Disabled Veterans Benefits Saved for Now

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The Trump Administration targeted disabled veterans in 2017. Regardless of the ‘lip service’ from the White House, it’s clear that disabled Veterans’ benefits are a target of opportunity.

Robert O’Dowd

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Last year the Trump Administration’s budget proposal attempted to reduce federal spending on the backs of disabled veterans who were unemployable.

The money cut from the benefit would’ve gone to an updated version of the VA Choice program that VA Secretary David Shulkin intended to have passed through Congress by the end of fiscal year 2017 on Sept. 30. The program allows veterans to seek health care outside the department.

In May 2017, the Administration’s budget proposal contained a proposal that would have eliminated eligibility for VA’s Individual Unemployability (IU) program for thousands of disabled veterans.

As usual, it’s about money. The budget proposed to remove veterans from the program who are eligible for Social Security payments and reached the minimum age to receive Social Security. Approximately 225,000 veterans aged 60 or older could’ve been affected by the proposal. Of those veterans, 7,000 are 80 years old or older.

If enacted, it would have terminated existing IU ratings for veterans when they reach the age of 62-the minimum retirement age for Social Security benefits–as well as cut off IU benefits for any veteran already in receipt of Social Security retirement benefits.

In the face of staunch opposition from DAV and other VSOs, the Administration subsequently backed away from this measure; however, the threat remains that this proposal or something like it could resurface in the future.

IU is a part of VA’s disability compensation program that allows the VA to pay certain Veterans disability compensation at the 100% rate, even though VA has not rated their service-connected disabilities at the total level. The eligibility requirements are (1) You must be a Veteran; (2) You must have at least one service connected disability rated at least at 60%, OR (3) Two or more service connected disabilities at least one disability ratable at 40 percent or more with a combined rating of 70 percent or more (4) You must be unable to maintain substantially gainful employment as a result of service-connected disabilities (marginal employment, such as odd jobs, is not considered substantial gainful).

There is more than enough fat from the VA’s budget to cut than to go after the benefits paid to disabled veterans. Veterans signed an IOU to the government to give their lives, if necessary, to protect the freedoms that all Americans enjoy. Those who were disabled from military service deserve not only a “Thanks for your service,” but the VA benefits they earned with their sweat and blood.

In the FY 2019 Budget, President Trump proposes a total of $198.6 billion for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This request, an increase of $12.1 billion over 2018.

In the face of mounting pressure from veterans and Congressman, the VA Secretary David Shulkin backed-off the proposal to terminate the IU program for older Veterans.

The only way to ensure that IU benefits are protected is to codify them into law. On November 9, 2017, Representative Maxine Waters (CA), introduced H.R. 4369, the Protecting Benefits for Disabled Veterans Act of 2017. The bill would codify regulations on IU into federal law.

H.R. 4369 would provide additional protections for IU and prohibit the VA from considering the age of the veteran or their eligibility to any retirement benefit, including Social Security, in making such determinations.

Fifty-seven Congressman signed a letter to VA Secretary objecting to the Trump proposal. Yet, when if came to co-sponsoring H.R. 4369, most of them were AWOL.

As of this date, there are nine Democratic co-sponsors to H.R. 4369: Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-2], Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3], Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18], Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10], Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large], Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13], Rep. Bordallo, Madeleine Z. [D-GU-At Large], Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4], and Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19].

There are 192 Democrats in the House of Representatives. There is no excuse for many more Democrats to be co-sponsors of H.R. 4369. If your Democratic representative is not on the list of co-sponsors, this is the time to urge him/her to do so.

There are no Republicans co-sponsored for H.R. 4369. There is no comparable bill introduced in the U.S. Senate.

All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in 2018.

There are about 22 million Veterans in the country. Veterans need to let their voices be heard. If your Representative is not a co-sponsor of H.R. 4369, this is the time to let him/her know how you feel about throwing your brothers under the bus.

The termination of IU would have eliminated 225,000 senior disabled veterans from the IU benefit.

The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is vehemently opposed to limiting disability compensation benefits, including IU, due to a veteran’s age. Many disabled veterans may not have income replacement available-especially those who have been on IU for an extended period in advance of reaching retirement age. Cutting off IU eligibility for veterans who turn 62 would compel many disabled veterans to take Social Security benefits early which significantly reduces the value of the benefit. The disabled veterans affected could thus be “doubly” penalized because they cannot work and save for retirement as do many peers of their age. Eliminating their eligibility for IU would be grossly unfair.

The DAV is calling on all members and supporters to contact their Representatives and urge them to co-sponsor and support H.R. 4369 to protect veterans and their families now and in the future, from these harmful proposals.

Click the link below to log in and send your message to your Congressional representative to support H.R. 4369:
https://www.votervoice.net/BroadcastLinks/Imefs73H8IxbUhG9qnbtwA

bob-o-dowdBob O’Dowd is a former U.S. Marine with thirty years of experience on the east coast as an auditor, accountant, and financial manager with the Federal government, half of that time with the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia. Originally from Pennsylvania, he enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 19, served in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Marine Aircraft Wings in 52 months of active duty in the 1960s. He went on to graduate from Temple University. Robert O’Dowd and Tim King co-authored BETRAYAL: Toxic Exposure of U.S. Marines, Murder and Government Cover-Up. This book stands with the best works of New Journalism. It tells the story of the thousands of Veterans and their families, once stationed at these hazardous military installations, who have continued to be ignored by the U.S. government by denial of the effects of exposure to environmental hazards, including the highest incidence of occurrence of male breast cancer in any other demographic in the U.S. Legislation to provide health care and compensation for Camp Lejeune Veterans and their dependents was introduced during the 111th Congress.

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