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Big Pharma Lawsuit: Drug Companies Worked Together To Raise The Price Of Drugs

A major antitrust lawsuit against some large drug companies accuses Big Pharma of working together to raise the cost of generic drugs. These drugs have had their prices increased by 1,000 % or more.

The drugs in question were prescribed to treat conditions such as epilepsy, heart failure, anxiety, insomnia, hypertension, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, and more. The lawsuit alleges that drugmakers colluded to undermine that competition, harming patients and the taxpayers.

Attorneys general for 45 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, are alleging that nearly 20 companies that manufacture generic drugs illegally collaborated with competitors to jack up the prices for those prescription pharmaceuticals and divvy up markets to limit competition, according to a report by Business Insider.  More than a dozen of these generic drug manufacturers accused of raising prices on United States consumers in an alleged illegal price-fixing case are asking a federal court in Philadelphia to impose a gag order on investigators.

The companies, in a motion filed Tuesday about the expansion of the sweeping, ­multistate civil inquiry to more than 16 companies and 300 drugs, complained about a “media blitz” (a news conference this week by the attorneys general from Connecticut and Louisiana) although this story has gained very little attention, according to a December 9 article in the Washington Post. “Certain plaintiffs continue to appear far more interested in litigating their claims in the media rather than before this court,’’ the companies said in their request that Judge Cynthia M. Rufe tell all parties in the case to refrain from speaking outside court.

The move to stifle public comment highlights the extreme stakes and sensitivity for the companies accused of illegal conduct. Overbilling as part of the alleged price-fixing case is well into the billions, and some companies could be on the hook for big damages if the case reaches trial. So killing this story in the media is imperative to those wielding the money and buying political power.

Business Insider is the first to report on the unredacted complaint, which was filed under seal in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, revealing for the first time the communications that allegedly took place between employees of rival companies, including massive firms like Teva, Novartis’ Sandoz, and Mylan.

The conversations paint an in-depth picture of close, frequent contact about pricing and market decisions by way of LinkedIn, phone calls, text messages, and emails — all with the goal of hiking prices on a broad range of generic drugs, the lawsuit claims. –Business Insider

There are not many media outlets willing to bring light to this lawsuit or the harm these companies are doing to the American wallet and health care system

“60 Minutes” Covers Lawyers Who Sued Big Tobacco (and Won) Suing Big Pharma on Opioids. When Will It Big Tech’s Turn for Kids and Screen Addiction?

DECEMBER 20, 2018

By B.N. Frank

Earlier this week, 60 Minutes aired a segment about lawyers suing pharmaceutical companiesand distributors for their role in creating the national “Opioid Crisis.”  Last week, they aired a segment about research proving that kids’ brains are being harmed by screens.  In 2017, they aired a segment about tech companies deliberately designing addictive technology.  In 2017, they also ran a segment about the role government officials played in creating the “Opioid Crisis.”

In the not-so-distant past, most people blamed opioid addicts for not having enough self-control.  As more information was revealed, more people became more compassionate as well as proactive.  This led to increased efforts (and funding) to prevent as well as eradicate opioid addiction – including these lawsuits.

In regard to kids and screen addiction – many experts, medical professionals and influential people have already been speaking out against Big Tech and others for creating this problem.

Unfortunately, many still put all the blame on parents for not being able to control their kids.  It doesn’t seem fair when, for many years already, there have been medical professionals and other ”experts” endorsing tech for kids.  Some are still using it in their practices.  Some are still recommending tech use at an early age.

Ridiculously enough, Sesame Street also has a character named “Smartie the Smart Phoneand The New York Public library is downloading childrens’ books on Instagram to encourage kids to read.

The examples of creating and marketing tech for kids to use seems endless – even though research has proven it’s really NOT good for them.  Meanwhile – for many years already – the people who make technology (Silicon Valley parents) have been deliberately limiting their own kids’ use of it in their homes as well as at their schools.  They are now going to desperate measures to prevent their kids from being exposed to screens (spying on their nannies).

We can’t forget about the American public school systems that were told they had to become “high tech” to better educate kids.  As early as kindergarten, kids are forced to use screens in the classroom.  They are also forced to use screens for their homework.  So how does any of this discourage children from wanting to use screens all the time for everything? And how can anyone put all the blame on parents for the increasing number of children with screen addiction?

Research has also proven that exposure to blue light, cell phone and wireless Wi-Fi radiation, and other Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) from technology is harmful to our brains and the rest of our bodies too – especially children’s.  Insurance companies aren’t even covering wireless radiation exposure risks anymore.

The social validation of the “Opioid Crisis,” the government attention, action and funding, and these lawsuits only happened because the growing number of Americans complaining about this could no longer be ignored.  The same thing is going to have to happen with kids (and the rest of us) being harmed by the irresponsible implementation and use of new technology if anything is going to change.

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