House and Senate leaders are in "conference" right now debating whether or not employees in the Public Health Service (PHS) will obtain whistleblower protections. At stake is whether or not thousands of PHS employees who work at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be protected
Whistleblowers have succeeded in a $1.5 billion off-label marketing case against Abbott Laboratories Inc., the Department of Justice announced today. Combined, the $700 million criminal fines and $800 million civil fines are the second largest government recovery from a drug company in history.
The Department of Justice intervened after four whistleblowers filed suit against…
The Oregon legislature is debating a bill which would protect from retaliation any hospital employee who reports misconduct that he/she believes is a violation of law, policy, or professional standards. Under current Oregon law, nurses already enjoy these protections Senate Bill 237 would extend these protections to all hospital staff.
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As part of the anti-fraud provisions of the health care legislation passed yesterday, Congress strengthened the False Claims Act – one of the most effective whistleblower laws in the United States – in order to ensure that whistleblowers can expose fraud under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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