Interesting read on the lack of teeth in monetary fines for Pharma from the Youngstown (Ohio) "Vindy.com" Opinion page: Fines Hurt But There May Be Stronger Medicine. Thanks to AK for sending it to us.
"There’s no question that $3 billion is a lot of money for a drug company to pay in fines and penalties for peddling some drugs for unapproved uses and overcharging for others. But is it enough to convince pharmaceutical companies to mend their ways? We don’t know, but we do know that in the history of federal prosecution of drug companies for misdeeds, very few have involved individuals being held to account for their misdeeds. ...Prosecute a few top executives — or even some doctors who could be shown to have enthusiastically responded to company incentives to prescribe off-use drugs — and the effect would be much greater than even a few billion dollars in corporate fines."