Interesting Comment By Whistle-Blower Greg Thorpe About GSK’s Lamictal Scandal..


“…Sir Andrew Witty, GSK’s chief executive, said the settlement brought a resolution to “difficult, long-standing matters for GSK” adding: “I want to express our regret and reiterate that we have learned from the mistakes we made.”

Critics point out that other executives directly named as having been told of concerns continue in top jobs, albeit in different companies.

Whistleblower Greg Thorpe first alerted the company to the entertainment offered to doctors and the culture that allegedly put profits above ethics in 2001. He raised his concerns with David Stout, who was then head of the US business, and Bob Ingram, GSK’s chief operating officer. When he was forced out of the company, he took his case to the regulators, which spent almost 10 years investigating the issues….”

“…..Eliot Spitzer, who as New York’s attorney general sued GSK over similar allegations eight years ago, told the New York Times that companies like GSK seem incorrigible. “What we are learning is that money [ie fines] do not deter corporate malfeasance. The only thing that will work in my view is chief executive officers and officials being forced to resign and individual culpability being enforced…….”

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2012/jul/08/pharma-misbehaviour-gsk-fine

The Guardian 2012




GSK whistle-blower Greg Thorpe left a really interesting comment on my blog – in relation to GSK’s Lamictal. Lamictal was one of the drugs mentioned in the US department of justice complaint- which eventually led to GSK’s 3 billion dollar fine in 2012. It was because of Greg’s bravery and tenacity that this fine came to fruition and GSK’s vast off label fraud and criminality was exposed to the world, however, as Greg has stated multiple times- the fine itself was paltry, as was the final settlement. It was not justice for patients nor was it adequate punishment for GSK. The CEO’s and top executives did not receive fines or jail time, in fact many of them were made multi-millionaires and now live in luxury, despite the fact that they were part of a massive fraud and bribery network which led directly to deaths and harm to tens of thousands of innocent trusting patients and consumers (as illustrated in the Dept of Justice complaint).

One such executive now living the high life off the backs of many years of GSK’s various unethical shenanigans is Bob Ingram. Bob Ingram was the US head of GSK for many years leading up to GSK’s 3 Billion felony crimes. Bob now enjoys showing off his Porshe collection all around the US. He’s probably worth tens of millions, and perhaps never gives a second thought to kids killed on Paxil, or any other folks harmed by GSK’s greed over the years?

Anyhow, here’s Bob talking about his Porshe collection..

Here’s Greg’s comment:

https://truthman30.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/woman-sues-gsk-for-horrific-lamictal-side-effect/

“….GSK DID NOT pay 3 billion dollars for Lamictal crimes…little to nothing was paid for Lamictal relative to the settlement…in spite of the fact that it was actively marketed for depression and bipolar disorders at least 6 years before any type of approval. This was a large part of the DOJ complaint I filed in 2003. In fact one woman died after treatment of her depression with Lamictal. It was reported to GSK and they covered it up. I reported this murder to DOJ in my complaint, it was ignored. GSK made hundreds of millions of off label dollars with this dangerous drug for years. There SHOULD HAVE BEEN AT LEAST a 3 billion dollar drug alone in fines and executives were informed, look up the Thorpe v GSK complaint. Career prosecutors under Eric Holder, former attorney for the company who Said he recused himself ….huh? allowed this quid pro quo to happen under corrupt career prosecutors…want names..Ask Jeff Sessions .
The taxpayers were robbed of Tens of billions of dollars by the Department of Injustice who took ten years to ruin my complaint…to give GSK a free pass=1 month of GSK profit.

This death occurred where I worked, they did nothing. Holder and his crew of career idiots and political hacks should be in jail, right along with Bob Ingram ,

JP Garnier, and all the planners and initiators of the fraud.
It is the most horrible, disgusting violation of everything proper, that should have concluded a 10 year investigation. It makes the current Russian scam a walk in the park.

I still cannot believe how bad and evil these deep state bastards in the DOJ
gave this free pass to what I reported.
Now Bob Ingram r, former CEO, COO, rides around in his choice of dozens of Porsches, that run on the blood of dead or maimed patients. Who will come forward at the DOJ ?
We’ll see….”

 

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8 comments

  1. kiwi

    Looks like its clear what Ingram’s priority was …’taking responsibility to take care of (not patients but) cars.’
    He’d probably never imagine putting a bag of sugar into his cars gas tank and totally ruining the motor. Yet he hasn’t had a problem putting poisons into fellow humans and ruining them.

  2. Evie S

    Greg–you here? You mentioned Jeff Sessions. Do you have any faith in him to go after these crimes?

    I also wanted to tell you both about a Los Angeles-based journalist, David Dayen. He did a great job documenting three private citizens’ investigation of lender fraud in his book, Chain of Title (2016). He’s starting to get interested in pharma… @ddayen on Twitter.

  3. Evie S

    Greg–you here? You mentioned Jeff Sessions. Do you have any faith in him to go after these crimes?

    I als wanted to tell you about a Los Angeles-based journalist, David Dayen. He did a great job documenting three private citizens’ investigation of lender fraud in his book, Chain of Title (2016). He’s starting to get interested in pharma… @ddayen on Twitter.

  4. High Plains Drifter

    There are hundreds if not thousands in the DOJ that are to say the least, are not interested in real justice or the truth. They are not in lockstep with Jeff Sessions to say the least. They regularly monitor this site. Truthman knows this. I hate to coin a phrase, but this swamp cannot be fully drained.
    I have been threatened and put myself at risk with everything I say…they violated my constitutional rights by putting a gag order on me for 9 1/2 years…so GSK could continue to reap off label marketing profits and worst of all patients and physicians were kept in the dark. The law I filed under, the False Claims Act has no provision for this conduct, for such a length of time. They are allowed to seal the case only to investigate whether it has merit. I was interviewed under oath by the FBI…3 months after I filed. every government agency was present who had a stake in the case…DEA, HHS, FDA, DOD, IRS, CIA, VA ,DOJ, FBI and others…Shortly after that, I was informed through Counsel that DOJ had dozens of people on the case, and a entire floor at DOJ working on the case. I assume this was true. The False Claims Act seal is to only be extended after they decide to take the case, usually 6 months, for good cause. Obviously it became apparent after 9 years that the seal only remained in place so DOJ could secretly, without public knowledge cut a deal with GSK or go to trial. During this long, long period of time, I was never told that they had joined my complaint until the 11th hour AFTER the settlement was reached. They used this tactic to threaten me with non joining and tossing me out for 9 years plus. During this time, patients continued to receive prescriptions on the 9 drugs I reported …physicians were kept in the dark. In short, the carnage continued…I consistently objected but to no avail. The lead prosecutor told me after I demanded that this go to trial that they “would bankrupt the company, and nobody would get anything”…at the time I thought the statement may have merit, although I now know it was sheer B.S. It would be hard to bankrupt a company with a market cap approaching 200 billion dollars or more.. So I kept my mouth shut while people died, and that haunts me to this day. It included my mother who developed congestive heart failure while kept on Avandia, for diabetes. I did not know GSK had hidden data showing it caused CHF, until it was too late. Hundreds of thousands of patients suffered the same effect, and this was going on with all the drugs reported…but did the DOJ care. Hell no they kept all of this important data sealed from patients and physicians. Why ? The only reason I know now was to negotiate a sweetheart deal for GSK under a former attorney for the company….ERIC HOLDER. Holder was supposed to have recused himself. I have no evidence that he did. I BELIEVE after he gave GSK the quid pro quo for his law firm, Covington Burling….IN A FINE THAT AMOUNTED TO 3 MONTHS OF COMPANY PROFIT..that he had his hand on the trigger. Supporting this is the fact that he returned to Covington Burling to what has been reported as a “hero’s welcome and a huge raise”.They were even nice enough to give him his old office back, supposedly saved for his return. Holder committed many acts as Attorney General which warrant investigation …but none of this caliber.
    GSK lost 3 billion dollars…one month of profit. Nobody was prosecuted .
    Nine and one half YEARS is a long time…especially to rob the taxpayers who fund these illegal prescriptions of
    40-50 billion dollars, at least. This would not even be what the punishment calls for under the statute. People should be in prison and maybe the company should be bankrupt…they continued the crimes all over the world after the settlement, while under 3 corporate integrity agreements, which called for the so called “death penalty” meaning no Federal program Medicare, Medicaid, VA, etc could use ANY GSK drug..
    Why? It defies anything I can come up with except massive criminal fraud and corruption at the highest levels of government. This is a huge story, what I saw and heard over ten years makes me literally sick…yet Nobody seemingly will say anything…the other , second to file whistleblowers, were a joke…copied my complaint, took their money and hid . Mere accomplices to the crimes in my opinion. Do I fear retaliation for what I say…hell yes I do, but someone has to speak up on this.
    I am hopeful someone in the DOJ will come forward, everyone cannot be corrupt or cowardly and I hope we will see under a new administration, something done.
    As to the post about Jeff Sessions.. the answer is I don’t know what he can or will do. All I know is my son was in second grade when this began , now he is about to graduate from college. This hasn’t been easy for my family or me and I’m not sure if the swamp can ever be drained. I know a lot more, but someone in the DOJ has inside information…I hope they come forward. The lead investigator, Sara Bloom …would be a good start.

    • High Plains Drifter

      Thanks. Mom was another victim, as I mentioned, so it became a little more personal..several years after filing. In fact my mom and dad never saw the end of this 11 year or more saga, unfortunately….I always wonder how much DOJ employees cost to investigate for 10 years…on something that should have been a simple trial issue civil and criminal.
      I hope they all pay the price for letting GSK off the hook and home free. Probably not in this life.

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