The realities of the opioid crisis call out to us, again and again. A sea of devastation drowns individual addicts, families, and communities. In response to lawsuits, government investigations and scathing press reports, the typical response from drug manufacturers and their defenders on social media argues: “The drug companies didn’t do anything wrong, they didn’t write the prescriptions, why are you saying this is their fault?” Here’s a short video laying out some (not all) of the key federal laws that some drug manufacturers may have violated in their drive to sell more and more opioids – and thus reasons why some of them could be legally liable for the devastation that overuse and misuse of their products has wrought. Full transcript below:
Compounding pharmacies can provide a valuable services when a patient needs a customized formulation of a prescription drug. Unfortunately, because of lax regulations and high reimbursement, some compounding pharmacies can also present the potential for major risks to patient health and significant healthcare fraud, especially for fraudulent prescriptions for topical pain creams and scar creams.
In this video I discuss the issue of whistleblowing and Non-Disclosure Agreements, especially the question of whether and how you can blow the whistle if you have signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement?
Partnerships and LLCs, are they the magic bullet to help protect whistleblower confidentiality? In this video I discuss the benefits and limitations of whistleblowers using a corporate entity (like an LLC) or a partnership (LLP) to protect themselves from whistleblower retaliation. In short, using an LLC or LLP can be helpful, but: (1) only in specific limited situations; (2) there are risks that come with using a partnership or a corporate form while you are blowing the whistle; and (3) you cannot guarantee anonymity.
Being a whistleblower means navigating a maze of complicated laws, practical landmines, and unexpected challenges. In this video, I walk through 10 mistakes that whistleblowers often make before, during or after filing a case.
The finances of a whistleblower case. There are two important parts to this. One, when a case is settling, how is the settlement amount calculated? Two, once the settlement has happened, how much of that money does the whistleblower get?
So why not file a whistleblower case? Regardless of how strong your evidence and your case is, there are significant risks to blowing the whistle. In this video I walk through some of the reasons why you might decide to NOT blow the whistle.