Thursday, 23 September 2010

US Government gets tough with recalcitrant drug companies

A Bitter Pill to Swallow
A BMJ special feature reports how the US government is moving beyond large fines to make Big Pharma behave legally and ethically. Despite imposing fines of up to $500 million dollars there has been no effective change in drug companies' unlawful behaviour. It is just seen as a cost of doing business. The next steps include confiscating drug patents to force drugs to become generic, holding executives responsible and investigating doctors who accept financial kickbacks. See the report here

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