Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division (“DEA”), James P. O’Neill, the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), and Scott J. Lampert, Special Agent in Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (“HHS-OIG”), announced the unsealing of an indictment charging of DAVID TAYLOR, a state-licensed doctor, with writing medically unnecessary prescriptions for oxycodone over a five-year period. In addition to TAYLOR, VITO GALLICCHIO, and DANIEL GARCIA were arrested on charges that, from January 2012 through at least June 2017, they conspired with TAYLOR to distribute oxycodone. All three defendants are expected to be presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge James L. Cott later today. The case has been assigned to United States District Court Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr.
Kim said: As the opioid epidemic wreaks havoc on too many of our communities, for years, Dr. David Taylor and his co-conspirators allegedly wrote prescriptions for and distributed medically unnecessary oxycodone. Doctors should be advancing the health of our citizens, not allegedly fueling the biggest health crisis facing the country, the opioid abuse epidemic. We are committed to holding accountable everyone involving in the illegal distribution of opioids, including allegedly corrupt doctors.
DEA Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt said: It is alleged that millions of dollars’ worth of pain medication was diverted onto the streets of Staten Island, enabling addiction and overdoses on the borough. These arrests will impact Staten Island’s opioid market by shutting down an illicit pill distribution operation located at the heart of the borough, along Hylan Boulevard.
NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said: “As alleged, the defendants distributed Oxycodone for at least five years, at the expense of those addicted to these pain killers. The NYPD will aggressively pursue those who distribute illegal prescription drugs.”
According to the allegations in the Indictment unsealed today in federal court: From January 2012 through at least June 2017, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, DAVID TAYLOR, VITO GALLICCHIO, and DANIEL GARCIA, and others conspired to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone.
Greece has the most corrupt public health system on planet Earth! Greek doctors in public hospitals demand bribes for all operations! No bribe means a lot of trouble, such as infinite delays, curved queueing, bad operations, and wrong medicines! Health insurance means nothing to Greek public doctors! The government encourages doctor bribes and long queues! To see a public doctor, you have to wait six months! Even though Greeks paid for state health insurance, the government of Greece wants to make their experience in public hospitals so miserable in order for them to go to private doctors and private hospitals, which are not covered by the state health insurance! This way, the Greek government saves a lot of money.
Greece’s hospitals welcome back corrupt doctors ousted for demanding huge bribes from patients. The legal remedy allowing the reinstatement of corrupt doctors emanates from a notorious Katrougalos law named after the relevant labor minister. Among others, the law stipulates that public employees suspended for serious on-the-job infractions can re-appeal their cases. Based on the Katrougalos law’s procedures, suspended doctors can have their case returned to the pseudo-disciplinary boards of their respective hospitals in order for their case be reviewed anew by amiable corrupt colleagues.
A culture of bribes in Greek hospitals is extremely disgusting. Nurses are very glad to help doctors lie, abuse, and rob patients at pain point under duress. Nobody cares, nobody gives a damn. Administrators are in cahoots with the corrupt doctors. The whole staff is a big mafia protecting corrupt doctors. Medical errors and other safety lapses have a lot to do with the flow of bribes.
We cannot believe that the administrations of hospitals are not aware of the huge corruption of their doctors, and we cannot believe the Greek Ministry of Health is not aware of what’s happening at hospitals. We do not know how the flow of medical bribes works, where it originates and where it ends. The European Union must investigate the flow of bribes, because no Greek organization is willing to do it.
Widespread grafts and bribes by Depuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, through a network of offshore companies, went to Greek doctors in two hundred public hospitals who received bribes amounting to thirty billion euros. The charges include passive and active bribery, fraud, embezzling public money, and laundering.
The investigations revealed that medical equipment imported into Greece by Depuy were overpriced by up to 35%, with 20% going to doctors for their pseudo-preference to the products and 15% to cover expenses to maintain the network of accountants and lawyers who had set up and were operating the 15 off-shore consultant services companies through which the money was funneled to the end recipients.
Greek authorities are investigating the Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis over bribery and price inflation. These involve illegal earnings of a dozen billion euros. A Novartis executive had walked out onto a high terrace of the Hilton Hotel in Athens and threatened to jump off. He has been summoned to give evidence in the case. Police negotiators were able to prevent the suicide at the last minute.
Novartis paid huge bribes to many Greek officials, politicians, and doctors in public hospitals. Whistleblowers have passed documents to the judicial authorities which indicate that five thousand people in Greece were targeted, and were given bribes. People who didn’t go along with it were subjected to workplace harassment. Company employees felt like warriors with high sales targets that absolutely had to be achieved, even though the pharmaceutical market kept shrinking because of the economic crisis.
Many people had been putting their hand deep in the honeypot. Novartis was selling medicines and services to state clinics at inflated prices, and this poses the question of whether a lack of transparency in the procurement system may have led to this cost trap. State hospitals are forced to pay too much for medicines. The state prosecutor is currently examining files and bank transactions of doctors suspected of receiving money from Novartis. The investigators want to use these to trace the flow of money.