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Whistleblower News from the Inside - June 25, 2013

Posted  June 25, 2013

Supreme Court blocks suits against generic drug makers for faulty drugs – In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that generic manufacturers are not liable for injuries caused by their drugs because they are simply versions of FDA-approved brand-name drugs. LA Times

Former NSA whistleblower claims even Obama was subject of government wiretap — Former intelligence analyst and whistleblower Russ Tice claims that Barack Obama, a leading defender of the NSA’s PRISM surveillance program (currently under fire from the revelations of Edward Snowden), was himself a target of NSA wiretaps when he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in 2004.  Huffington Post

Medicare paying for drugs prescribed by unlicensed practitioners – A just released government study found that Medicare is paying for hundreds of thousands of prescriptions every year by massage therapists, athletic trainers, interpreters and others not licensed to write prescriptions.  ProPublica

AMA recognizes obesity as a disease — The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, which many believe will focus more attention on the condition and spur insurers to provide more reimbursement for obesity drugs, surgery and counseling.  NYT

Goodwill Industries and other non-profits criticized for underpaying disabled workers — Goodwill Industries and other non-profit groups are coming under fire for taking advantage of a 75 year-old legal loophole that allows them to pay disabled workers less than minimum wage.  NBC News 

United Technologies ordered to pay $473 million for fraud in sale of jet engines – A federal judge in Ohio has ordered United Technologies Corp. to pay $473 million (plus interest) for overcharging the U.S. Air Force for jet engines.  Chicago Tribune

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