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Lawsuits claiming Merck lied about mumps vaccine efficacy headed to trial

Two lawsuits claiming Merck lied about the efficacy of its mumps vaccine won't be going away anytime soon. A federal judge in Pennsylvania refused to dismiss the suits, filed by a pair of whistleblowers and a group of doctors and payers, and now, they're on their way to trial.

Still reeling from China bribery probe, GSK faces corruption scandal in Syria

The British company said Thursday that it had received an email containing allegations from a whistleblower pertaining to bribes paid by GSK's consumer healthcare operation in Syria before it was shut down amidst the country's civil war in 2012.

Novartis accused again of kickback tactics in new whistleblower suit

Kickback accusations have yet again been raised against Novartis, a company that four years ago promised to live by a new integrity code. A former exec now suggests she was fired for suggesting similar methods in the way Novartis planned to award a contract to wholesaler and health services company McKesson.

GlaxoSmithKline steps up bribery probes, eyeing potential violations in 9 Middle Eastern countries

GlaxoSmithKline has added two more countries to its bribery-investigation list. The U.K.-based drugmaker now says it faces probes in Jordan and Lebanon, in addition to recently announced investigations in Iraq and Poland.

FDA defends itself against accusations its email snooping broke whistleblower laws

During a week in which The Guardian revealed that Britain intercepted and stored webcam images from millions of people, the FDA email snooping revealed in 2012 looks relatively innocent. But Republicans investigating the program think the regulator may have violated whistleblower laws by monitoring employees' emails.

FDA spying may have broken whistleblower laws, congressional probe finds

Two years after press reports revealed that the FDA was extensively monitoring communications by some of its employees, a congressional committee has announced its verdict: The agency overstepped its authority--and may have broken laws meant to protect whistleblowers.

Congressional report slams FDA's treatment of employees who disclosed device approval concerns

The FDA may have gone too far and violated federal law when it chose to monitor 6 scientists who made public their safety concerns about medical devices approved at the agency, a congressional investigation has concluded.

Endo's off-label Lidoderm mantra, whistleblower says: 'Put the patch where the pain is'

For former Endo sales rep Peggy Ryan, the pivotal moment came about three years into her employment with the Malvern, PA-based company. She was at a national meeting, where the topic of discussion was how to distribute off-label studies in an unsolicited way, she says.

Judge rules whistle-blower awards must be taxed as ordinary income

A case involving a medical device company led to a U.S. Tax Court decision determining that whistle-blower awards must be taxed as ordinary income.

J&J whistleblowers to collect record $168M share of DoJ settlement

After a big U.S. Justice Department settlement--after the speeches, the press releases, the commentary--attention invariably turns to the people who first blew the whistle. It's no different in the case of Johnson & Johnson, which this week announced a $2.2 billion settlement and misdemeanor plea in a longstanding probe of its Risperdal marketing.