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Paid Industry Shills from PhRMA, BIO, AdvaMed, MIWG Speak First at FDA Public Hearing for Payor Needs Not Patient Needs

Paid Industry Shills from PhRMA, BIO, AdvaMed, MIWG Speak First at FDA Public Hearing for Payor Needs Not Patient Needs

November 9, 2016

November 10, 2016 UPDATED with Slide Deck from FDA live Presentation (below original story)

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FDA is holding a public hearing on Manufacturer Communications Regarding Unapproved Uses of Approved or Cleared Medical Products. Not surprising, but certainly insulting, the first speakers are paid shills for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, falsely designed to look like patient advocacy groups. As, I’ve often said the industry is using innovation as a manipulation to evade the law and these shills hiding behind the red flag buzz words: First Amendment, value-based, real-world, Safe Harbor, wholly truthful & non-misleading information, standard of care, all for one purpose: they payors not the patients.  The industry putting profits before patients is WHY there’s even a need for this meeting and it’s demeaning and insulting that these people who represent the industry are allowed to manipulate a public hearing for the industry that has harmed so many needlessly.

Here’s just a sample: Michael Labson of Covington & Burling LLP, whose law firm represented three of the companies that paid the highest DOJ billion dollar fines for Pfizer, Glaxso Smith-Klein,and my personal favorite Johnson & Johnson,  thinks that clinically sound data, determined anecdotally not scientifically, should allowed for sales reps to discuss in order to get payors reimbursement information.  That sounds a lot like ignoring the law to put profits before patients, oh wait, because that’s exactly what it is. This shill is brought to you by PhRMA or Pharmacutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

Not to be out done is E. Cartier Esham (Biotechnology Innovation Organization BIO)) wants to wait for it…share truthful and non-misleading information with payors for reimbursement.  Except truthful in proven by scientific data which is inconsistent & contradictory to what she’s suggesting.  The industry doesn’t want to do expensive additional testing and is just looking to exploit a loophole in the law.

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And my personal favorite thus far this morning was, Khatereh Calleja of AdvaMed  who stated she cannot imagine a medical device company would sell a device that wasn’t necessary (ahahahahahaha)  and that real-world evidence (non-scientific) should be essentially viewed as truth from the companies to FDA. Ohhh, Khatereh let me enlighten you as to why I’m here in this room that now needs forensic cleaning to get the unethical stain from the first speakers removed.   Medical device startup Acclarent sold a wholly useless device to the tune of $40 million and was fined by DOJ $18 million, and how do I know? I was the whistleblower in the case.

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White collar crime attorneys, and the room was full of many of them today, were panicked Clinton lost because the industry funneled $41 million into her Super PAC run by none other than Covington (yep that Covington).  I overhead one attorney saying they were having an emergency meeting and the White House wants everything done by January 20, 2017.  Look for lots of medical device and pharma fraud eeking through at the 11th hour, where the company pays a fine and no one does any time.

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4 Comments
  • Corrupt 510- k loop hole killing us
    We need to be in FDA meeting to tell our story’s first
    Mesh sling interested killing implants no sex extream pelvic pain
    Greed loop whole war on women!
    Barbara l Melling

    November 9, 2016 at 6:10 pm
  • If we don’t stop this practice many will no longer trust FDA or doctors
    Mesh and slings polypropylene things and implants causing disability, severe pelvic pain, auto immune killing family’s having sex causes extream pain and suffering
    We have no one protecting us or helping enough after damage done used as human lab rats with out informed consent! Damage for life no accountability and no pain suffering compensation with untested toxic plastic in to our body’s
    Sincerly Barbara lMelling

    November 9, 2016 at 6:16 pm
  • Copernicus
    Reply

    Off-label communications will happen. Get over it.

    November 12, 2016 at 7:21 am

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