I wish my first thought when I think of most big pharmaceutical drug companies was saving lives or inventing new drugs. But other words pop into my mind, such as cheating Medicare. In just 16 instances of alleged Medicare fraud by big pharmaceutical drug companies, they had to repay $3.9 billion that the government alleged.
A few times a year I get an email from a whistleblower who reads in the newspaper that his former company paid millions of dollars after cheating the government. They tell me that they were the one who first reported the fraud against the government and ask me if they are entitled to a reward..
Statistics can be a funny thing. Sometimes they can be manipulated to tell two different stories. Other times it’s hard to tell the real story behind them. Let’s take this statistic: The U.S. Department of Justice has paid nearly $4 billion in rewards to whistleblowers who reported fraud against the government. That’s right, the government.