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Here are this week’s stories:

  • Medtronic: Medtronic reported that it paid $15.7 million to U.S. doctors in the first 3 months of 2010. Payments were for consulting fees and royalties. This report comes well before the new law requiring disclosure beginning in 2013. See Medtronic’s searchable database of payments.
  • Digitek: A request for class certification was recently denied in the Digitek MDL. The MassTortDefense Blog has an update.
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Good morning! Here are the week’s top stories:

  • Topamax: Johnson & Johnson will pay over $81 million (articles here and here in criminal and civil fines for illegally promoting Topamax. That’s a mere 0.070% of 2009’s $1.15 billion in sales, and 0.039% of 2008’s 2.7 billion in sales (quite the deterrent, eh?). Nevertheless, this compounds J&J’s woes in light of the current Tylenol recall.
  • Topamax Whistleblowers: Here’s an article about the courageous Michigan whistleblowers who made it all happen.
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A really nice Bloomberg article on whistleblowers “hit the stands” today. The authors, David Voreacos and Margaret Cronin Fisk did an excellent job of tracing the payouts and controversy surrounding corporate employees of drug companies who alert the DOJ to bad pharmaceutical practices. Essentially, the act of telling the DOJ gives the federal government the ability to recoup millions of dollars, a portion of which is given to the whistleblowers as an incentive payment. Without that payment, few whistleblowers would risk their jobs and peer ostracization to bring these bad practices to light. Some think the payments to whistleblowers are too high. I don’t have any problem with it–it may encourage others to report bad practices (and remember–not all whistleblowing cases are accepted, or result in multi-million dollar settlements).