Martha Coakley on Health Care
"We do not have transparency, competition," Coakley said at the debate. "We do not have, for the money we spend now, the type of health care we can and should have."
State Attorney General Martha Coakley laid down the first marker by declaring soon after the House vote last week that she wou the bill because of the amendment restricting the sale of insurance policies covering abortion through the proposed national health insurance exchange--or to women who receive health care subsidies from the federal government. Asked with a Boston radio station whether she would have voted for the bill, Coakley said, "I believe that I would not. I think that this particular amendment that was put in is really a poison pill for that bill, and it's taking two ste
"This settlement sends a strong message to the pharmaceutical industry and to the broader healthcare community that illegal and improper practices will not be tolerated," said Coakley. "State and federal prosecutors take very seriously their responsibility to police the Medicaid program, and we will continue to work together to identify and root out fraud and abuse in the health care industry."
The case involved Diane Levine, who was given Wyeth's anti-nausea drug, Phenergan. In April 2000, Levine received Phenergan through the "IV Push" method, and the drug was mistakenly injected into an artery, causing injuries that led to the amputation of her right arm belo the elbow. A jury awarded Levine $6.8 million, on grounds that Wyeth failed to provide adequate warnings about the IV Push method.
In the past year, AG Coakley's office has settled several state law consumer protection cases against pharmaceutical companies, including a $58 million multistate case against Merck relating to painkiller Vioxx; a $62 million case against Eli Lilly relating to antipsychotic drug Zyprexa; and a $60 million case against Pfizer relating to anti-inflammatory drug Bextra.
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Joe L. Kennedy
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