May 17, 2020

Johnson & Johnson fined $2.2 billion

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Written by Alyssa Clark The Justice Department announced this morning that Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.2 billion in fines due to its u...

Written by Alyssa Clark

 

The Justice Department announced this morning that Johnson & Johnson will pay more than $2.2 billion in fines due to its use of misrepresented drugs and utilization of “kickbacks” in company sales. Johnson & Johnson has been a industry figurehead for personal health and overall healthcare needs in the industry, and this kind of public criticism has come as a shock to the public who use their products on an everyday basis.

This fraud settlement will go down as one of the largest healthcare-related fraud settlements in US history, the department stated, “J&J's criminal and civil fine covers allegations the company promoted Risperdal and other prescription drugs for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration(FDA)”.

Investigations into the legitimacy of the claims made against Johnson & Johnson had unfortunate repercussions. It became apparent that not only was Johnson & Johnson paying “kickbacks” to those using the favored, non FDA-recommended drugs, but J&J was actually persuading physicians and pharmacists to prescribe and promote those drugs as well.

“This global settlement resolves multiple investigations involving the antipsychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega -- as well as the heart drug Natrecor and other Johnson & Johnson products”, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

“The settlement also addresses allegations of conduct that recklessly put at risk the health of some of the most vulnerable members of our society -- including young children, the elderly, and the disabled”.

The $2.2 billion settlement was broken down into $485 million in criminal fines and forfeiture, along with a whopping $1.72 billion in civil settlements with the federal government and states. Government authorities ascertained that J&J’s Janssen Pharmaceutical unit had promoted Risperdal for treating psychological and psychiotic disorders. Using and promoting this non-FDA approved drug endangered the lives of those searching treatment for their psychotic symptoms and associated behavioral disturbances.

Even with submitting a guilty plea, the Janssen unit alone will pay a total of $400 million, which comprises of a criminal fine of &334 million and a forfeiture of $66 million, from the overall $2.2 billion owed.

 

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Alyssa Clark is the Editor of Healthcare Global

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Jun 16, 2021

NHS opens 8 clinical trial sites to assess cancer treatment

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NHS and OncoHost to launch clinical trials analysing cancer patients response to immunotherapy

The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is opening eight clinical trial sites to assess patients' responses to personalised cancer therapy. 

The trials will analyse how patients diagnosed with advanced melanoma or non-small cell lung cancer respond to immunotherapy, to help predict their response to treatment.  They will be hosted at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust facilities. 

Immunotherapy helps the body's own immune system fight cancer, but while it has achieved good results for some cancer patients, it is not successful for everyone. Finding ways to predict which people will respond to the treatment is a major area of research.

OncoHost, an oncology startup,  will provide advanced machine learning technology to develop personalised strategies aiming to improve the success rate of the cancer therapy. The trials will contribute to OncoHost’s ongoing PROPHETIC study, which uses the company’s host response profiling platform, PROphet®

“Immunotherapy has achieved excellent results in certain situations for several cancers, allowing patients to achieve longer control of their cancer with maintained quality of life and longer survival,” said Dr David Farrugia, Consultant Medical Oncologist at NHS, and chief investigator of all eight NHS clinical trial sites.

“However, success with immunotherapy is not guaranteed in every patient, so this PROPHETIC study is seeking to identify changes in proteins circulating in the blood which may help doctors to choose the best treatment for each patient." 

"I am excited that Gloucestershire Oncology Centre and its research department have this opportunity to contribute to this growing field of research and I am determined that our centre will make a leading national contribution in patient recruitment.”

Previous studies in the US and Israel have shown that PROphet® has high accuracy in predicting how patients with cancer will respond to various therapies.

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