Who wears “white hats” and who wears “black hats” as the prescription opioid epidemic soars in addictions and deaths?

BlackHat_WhiteHat_SEOIn June 2017 a company called Proove Biosciences located in Irvine, California was raided by the FBI as part of a fraud investigation.

Marianne Skolek-Perez Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) For those wondering why the prescription opioid/heroin destruction of human life surges out of control every day, you may want to consider this information published in the news relating to the wearers of “white hats” or “black hats”.  Feel free to draw your own conclusions.

Lynn R Webster, MD

Please don’t stigmatize babies with a label. Babies cannot be addicted. http://cbsloc.al/2qR1Fgx via CBS13 CBS Sacramento
And in reply to Webster’s outrageous and dangerous statement above that “babies cannot be addicted, I reached out to:

Paul Winchester MD
Director Neonatology, St. Francis Hospital
Clinical Professor, Pediatrics
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana
As a neonatologist, Dr. Winchester’s reply to me was — “Never fear Marianne.  They are addicted!  I find it a clever tactic by the purveyors of opiates to redefine the word addicted.”
There was an inspection at Lynn Webster’s “research facility” in Salt Lake City, Utah in March 2017 over a 5 day period.  Keep in mind that Webster is an industry expert to pharma on opioids and testifies in front of the FDA for approval of opioids.  Webster was issued a 483 form by the FDA and when I asked the FDA for the results of Webster’s 5 day inspection, I was advised it was not on their website.  Then it became bizarre.  The FDA informed me I had to apply for an FOI (freedom of information) filing to secure their findings.  Actually it is a FOIA - Freedom of Information Act filing, but the FDA refers to it as an FOI.  The FDA withholding information on an inspection at a facility instrumental in gaining approval from the FDA on new opioids?  Who is the FDA protecting?  Webster? Pharma?  Themselves?  The America people?
Several years ago a pain clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah run by Lynn R. Webster was raided by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) when people began turning up dead after treatment.  There was talk that Webster’s ability to prescribe opioids was rescinded as a result of approximately 100 deaths at his pain clinic and the facility was closed.  Families filed medical malpractice suits against Webster and settlements were made out of court. Webster could have used some good public relations firm to take the heat off his ability to make a living and practice medicine, but a U.S. Attorney in Utah and US Senator Orrin Hatch may have been instrumental in taking the heat off Webster.  This enabled the good doctor to reinvent himself as a “researcher” and provide expertise to pharma and the FDA — in addition to securing a lucrative income.
In June 2017 a company called Proove Biosciences located in Irvine, California was raided by the FBI as part of a fraud investigation.
 Proove promotes itself as a “leader in genetics testing related to opioid addiction.”  In this link, you can see FBI agents removing boxloads of documentation in preparation for a “healthcare fraud investigation”  http://abc7.com/news/irvine-company-raided-by-fbi-as-part-of-fraud-investigation/2071108/.
Who serves on Proove Biosciences Medical Advisory Board?
Lynn Webster, M.D.

Who serves on Proove’s Industry Advisory Board?
The Honorable Mary Bonoformer member of the U.S. House of Representatives who served from 1999-2013, and co-chaired the Prescription Drug Abuse Task Force
Ms. Bono was not re-elected to congress in California, but is now employed as a Principal of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.  Off their website “

Mary helps clients proactively determine a strategy that supports their overall business and policy goals — even if the strategy is to go dark.  Mary is skilled at helping organizations communicate their position and make their case to both policymakers and the public. She crafts messages and designs communication campaigns that cut through the noise, enhance visibility and influence public opinion.”  Interesting stuff, huh?

Ironic that Webster would be involved in not one — but two federal agency raids on facilities linked to his name.  Maybe Ms. Bono will be able to determine if an association with Proove Biosciences could utilize a strategy for both of them “to go dark.”

In the meantime, there are “white hats” and “black hats” being worn in the prescription opioid epidemic with the wearers of the hats thrusting their hands into the deep pockets of pharma — while the FDA laughs all the way to the bank with them — hand in hand.

Investigative Reporter for www.Globalnewscentre.com and www.salem-news.com covering prescription drug/heroin epidemic in the U.S. and Canada


skolek-new-photo-700Global News Centre’s Marianne Skolek, is an Investigative Reporter who focuses on the Prescription Opioid/Heroin Epidemic in the U.S. and Canada. In particular, Marianne has covered the criminal marketing of OxyContin going back to 1999 and continuing to the present.

In 2002, Marianne lost her daughter, Jill to prescribed OxyContin which her physician referred to as “mobility in a bottle.” It was, in fact, death in a bottle. After doing extensive research on the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma, Marianne began working with the Department of Justice in Virginia in their criminal investigation into Purdue Pharma and in July 2007 was asked by the U.S. Attorney John Brownlee prosecuting the case to testify against the three CEO’s of Purdue Pharma, Michael Friedman, Paul Goldenheim, MD and Howard Udell, Chief Counsel. The CEO’s pleaded guilty to misleading the medical profession about the dangers of OxyContin. Marianne also testified against Purdue Pharma at a Judiciary Hearing of the U.S. Senate in July 2007.

In addition, a dangerous and highly addictive opioid named Zohydro has been approved by the FDA against their Advisory Committee’s advice and Marianne continues to alert Attorneys General, Senators and Congressmen as to the FDA’s irresponsibility in the out of control prescription opioid/heroin epidemic killing and addicting in the tens of thousands each year. Zohydro has been referred to as “heroin in a capsule” and its lowest dosage (10mg) contains twice as much hydrocodone as found in a Vicodin pill. The highest single dose of Zohydro contains as much hydrocodone as 5 to 10 tablets of Vicodin or Lortab. Zohydro mixed with alcohol can be fatal and has no abuse deterrent built in which will make it easy to crush and deliver a fatal dose of the opioid.

Currently Marianne has been instrumental in calling for the termination of Margaret Hamburg, MD, Commissioner of the FDA as well as Bob A. Rappaport, MD and Douglas Throckmorton, MD for their lack of commitment to safeguarding the American public against the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic. Marianne’s research, writing and contact with government agencies and attorneys has also exposed the heavily funded pain foundations set up by the pharmaceutical industry and their paid physician spokespersons who convinced the medical boards in 50 states and Canada that dangerous opioids such as OxyContin were less likely to be addictive. These physicians — in particular Scott Fishman, MD, J. David Haddox, DDS, MD, Perry Fine, MD, Lynn R. Webster, MD, Russell Portenoy, MD also downplayed the risks of addictive opioids in books as authors. These books are still available for sale and promoted to the medical profession.

Here are links to Marianne’s involvement in exposing the national conspiracy of the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic, the FDA, the pharmaceutical industry, their pain foundations and paid physician spokespersons.




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