Dr. Rath Health Foundation

Dr. Rath Health Foundation

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New York State
vs
GlaxoSmithKline and Pharmacia

On February 13th 2003, exactly eleven days after the publication of Dr Rath's first Open Letter exposing the financial interests behind the pharmaceutical 'business with disease' New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer filed complaints in the Supreme Court of the State of New York against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pharmacia (now part of Pfizer) for making fraudulent and deceptive misrepresentations that conceal the true average wholesale price of its drugs from consumers, Government agencies and drug price reporting services. Click here for the official press release.

US Government health plans such as Medicare, Medicaid and EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program) base reimbursement for covered drugs in large measure on the average wholesale price. Consumers pay a coinsurance or co-payment for drugs reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid and EPIC.

As a result of Pharmacia and GSK’s misrepresentations, doctors and other healthcare providers are improperly induced to prescribe Pharmacia and GSK drugs and government payers and consumers, including the elderly and the catastrophically ill, pay artificially inflated sums for chemotherapy and other drugs.

The Attorney General of the State of New York has brought this action to stop Pharmacia and GSK’s 'illegal and deceptive actions' and to 'obtain restitution for the consumers and state government agencies defrauded by Pharmacia and GSK.'

The ongoing public information initiative conducted by Dr Rath and this Foundation through the worldwide publication of Open Letters has enabled governments, the media and anyone who is against the practices of the 'business with disease' to take action and be openly critical of that industry, without fear of the threat of a legal backlash.

The pharmaceutical industry is now fair game!

A copy of the Complaints in PDF format may be downloaded here.