Fines Haven't Stopped Drug Company Lawbreaking

Should more pharmaceutical executives be criminally prosecuted and placed in prison for off-label marketing, defrauding Medicare, and creating kickback schemes with doctors to increase sales?

The answer is yes. If you’re serious about wanting drug companies to stay within the law, then actual imprisonment is something that the Department of Justice needs to get serious about. Until now, they haven’t.

Currently, drug companies have no proper incentive to behave. The DOJ has extracted massive settlements which, normally, you’d think would be a deterrent to lawbreaking. But drug company revenues are so massive that even these gargantuan fines don’t significantly impact the company.

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