Archive for October 26, 2010


From GAP

10-26-10

Fort Worth Weekly: Palazzolo Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Summary from Government Accountability Project (GAP): The former Assistant Principal of a Texas high school filed a whistleblower lawsuit today against the school’s district. The whistleblower claims that district employees retaliated him against after he reported several violations, including falsification of student attendance records, inappropriate sexual relationships, and misuse of booster club funds.

Link to original:  http://www.fwweekly.com/index.php?option=com_wordpress&p=6957&Itemid=248

 

Summary from GAP: According to the advocacy group Taxpayers Against Fraud, the drug industry is the foremost source of Department of Justice settlements pertaining to fraud. Pharmaceutical companies comprised eight of the top ten fraud-related cases in this past year alone, paying the government a collective $3.1 billion under the False Claims Act.

Most of the cases relate to ‘off-label marketing’ — advertising medications for uses not approved by the FDA. Even with an increase in prosecutions and payouts, some public health advocates say harsher penalties are needed to curb illegal marketing.

Link to original at the Washington Post:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/25/AR2010102502546.html