Indeed there is a case being considered in the US Supreme Court in which Amgen, is attempting to get the Court to legitimize a despicable practice reported today.
via BNET Placebo Effects by Jim Edwards:
Amgen Just Asked the Supreme Court to Legalize Kickbacks
Via Reuters David Morgan in Washington:
Analysis: States lobby against Medicaid cuts in Congress
"State officials complain Medicaid is a problem because federal mandates make it hard for governors and lawmakers to address costs by adjusting benefits and eligibility." read here
But before charging consumers more and eliminating valuable services, we should be much more aggressive in recovering money stolen from these taxpayer-supported programs. According to some estimates, health care fraud is a $250 billion-a-year industry, and about $100 billion of that is stolen from Medicare, the health care program for the elderly, and Medicaid, the insurance program for the poor and disabled." read here
I knew I couldn't be the only one to think that addressing the fraud and corruption is at least part of the solution!
Many of the drugs are the very same drugs that Washington, and other states have been successfully sued pharmaceutical companies for illegal marketing of the drugs. In spite of the fact the newer "atypical" neuroleptics are no safer or more efficacious, the drugs are still "preferred" by Washington Stat's Medicaid program. Services and programs are being cut, but no effort address Medicaid fraud or the unethical mental health practices which fuel it. There is no effort to stem the costs of prescribing more costly drugs which cause chronic diseases and neurological impairments which contribute to rising Medicaid costs...this is fiscally irresponsible; unethical, and morally repugnant.
The Amgen case is disappointing, it appears that it would serve to legitimize corrupt business practices. Should Amgen be successful, it would not bode well for the already strained Medicaid and Medicare programs---or for America in general, but it will cause more harm...