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Wounded US Vets & Families of US Soldiers Killed in Iraq Sue Drug Companies Over Bribes

Wounded US Vets & Families of US Soldiers Killed in Iraq Sue Drug Companies Over Bribes | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

Several US veterans and relatives of soldiers killed or wounded in Iraq sued five pharmaceutical and medical equipment makers on Tuesday, accusing them in effect of funding an Iraqi terrorist militia that killed hundreds of American soldiers following the 2003 US-led invasion.

 

The civil lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, accuses the multinationals of routinely bribing Iraqi Ministry of Health officials to win drug contracts when the office was controlled by the virulently anti-American Jaysh al-Mahdi, or Mahdi Army. 

 

Named in the suit are the parent companies and subsidiaries of AstraZeneca, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Roche Holding. 

 

“Defendants’ corrupt transactions aided and abetted Jaysh al-Mahdi’s terrorist operations against Americans in Iraq,” the lawsuit alleges. 

 

The lawsuit includes 27 pages of itemised deaths and injuries that US military personnel suffered in Mahdi Army attacks from 2005 to 2009 as well as claims of suffering by their relatives. Led by Muqtada al-Sadr, the radical cleric, the Shia militia was backed by Hizbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese terror outfit. 

 

“My hope is that we can get justice for my brother’s death and for so many others who didn’t have to die in Iraq,” said Ami Neiberger-Miller, a plaintiff. 

 

Corporate bribery helped fund the Mahdi Army’s acquisition of weapons, training and logistical support, the lawsuit claims. The health ministry and the terror group were so intertwined that US officials labelled the militia the “pill army” — a nod to Mr Sadr’s habit of paying young troops with drugs they could resell rather than cash, the suit alleges.

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Gilead's "Tone-deaf Pricing" of Sovaldi "Exploits" Our Veterans

Gilead's "Tone-deaf Pricing" of Sovaldi "Exploits" Our Veterans | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

The chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee is slamming an American pharmaceutical company for "price gouging.


The target of Miller's wrath is Gilead Sciences of Foster City, California, which Miller said earned about $10 billion in the first year its treatment for chronic liver disease hit the market in 2012.


"Gilead's tone-deaf pricing strategy also fails to take into account the fact that without the Department of Veterans Affairs, the drug at the center of this debate would not even exist," Miller wrote. "Sofosbuvir was invented by a team led by a VA doctor, who sold the company that developed the drug to Gilead in 2012."

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