'Questcor Pharmaceuticals, now known as Mallinckrodt, recently came under fire for dramatically inflating the price of a life-saving medication for infants. Now, whistleblowers say the pharmaceutical giant is also guilty of “bribing doctors to boost sales.” The corrupt pharmaceutical industry has proven time and time again that profits are more important to them than people. In spite of all the scandals, lies and abuse, mainstream medicine continues to rely on pharmaceuticals for virtually everything. Whether it’s prescription pain-relievers or psychiatric medication, the most common medicines in the world today have been created by Big Pharma — an industry overburdened with corruption, fraud and deceitful business tactics.
The Questcor/Mallinckrodt scandal is truly just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the pharmaceutical industry’s sordid affairs.
Pharma company bribes thousands of doctors
Shocking documents from a federal court case show that two whistleblowers recently revealed that Questcor was bribing doctors and other healthcare staff to increase sales. According to CNN, the whistleblowers say the impropriety “was part of an intentional ‘multi-tiered’ strategy by Questcor Pharmaceuticals, now Mallinckrodt, to boost sales of H.P. Acthar Gel, cheating the government out of millions of dollars.”
The lawsuit also alleges that the pharma company lied to the FDA. As the court documents read:
Questcor has attempted to conceal and cover-up its payment of kick-backs and its illegal promotion of H.P. Acthar Gel by making false statements to the FDA and directing employees to conceal evidence by failing to disclose … the full nature and extent of its advertising, promotional and marketing materials and plan.
Questcor’s suspected dirty deeds have helped increase sales of H.P. Acthar Gel to over $1 billion annually, according to reports. Lavish Los Vegas vacations, spa treatments, expensive dinners and Starbucks gift cards are just some of the gifts healthcare professionals received for selling more Acthar gel (and also their souls).'
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