CONSUMER PROTECTION


FCC Proposes Record $225 Million Fine for Massive Spoofed Robocall Campaign

On June 9, 2020, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed a $225 million fine against Texas-based health insurance telemarketers for apparently making more than one billion illegally spoofed robocalls. The FCC news release said the action was the largest proposed fine in the FCC’s 86-year history and reflected the seriousness of the apparent violations by …

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Genova Diagnostics Settles False Claim Act Violations

Genova Diagnostics Inc., a clinical laboratory services company based in Asheville, North Carolina, has agreed to pay up to approximately $43 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act, including claims that it billed  for medically unnecessary lab tests [1]. The settlement resolved allegations that the company: (a) improperly submitted claims to …

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Lyme-Related Government Actions

This page lists over 100 providers of dubious Lyme-related products and/or services who have been subjected to various types of government action. Those marked with an asterisk (*) lost or surrendered their medical license(s) as a result. Click on their links to access the details. The LymeScience Web site has stories about victims and other …

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COVID-19 Schemes, Scams, and Misinformation

Thirty years ago, as AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome came to national attention, John Renner, M.D. observed that most of the quack cancer clinics began offering the same “treatments” for AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome—a tendency he coined “rascal rollover.” Today, dubious pitchmen have “rolled” into COVID-19. Here’s a handy compilation of advice, enforcement actions, …

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Index of Health-Related Regulatory Actions

Federally Sanctioned Laboratories 1996 1997 1998

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Regulatory Actions against Individual Practitioners

This page lists practitioners involved in questionable activities that led directly or indirectly to civil proceedings, criminal prosecution, and/or loss or suspension of a professional license. If you know of anyone who should be added to this list, please contact me. Medical Doctors Harvey Bigelson, MD Daniel J. Clark, MD Irving I. Dardik, M.D Nicholas Gonzales, …

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Sale of Non-Health-Related Goods from Physicians’ Offices

AMA Council on Ethics and Judicial Affairs Report A number of physicians are engaged in the sale, from their offices, of such non-health-related goods as household products and magazine subscriptions. This report addresses certain important ethical problems with such sales, and sets guidelines for the sale of such goods in those few circumstances when such …

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How An FDA Official Looked at “Freedom of Choice” in the Real World

Some people suggest that consumers should have more freedom to buy products that thre product that the FDA has determined are a risk to health. Instead or banning a risky product from the marker, these arguments run, the FDA should devote its primary efforts to educational programs and correct labeling about the risks so consumers …

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Ozone Generators: Criminal Prosecution

Kenneth R. Thiefault and his wife, Mardel Barber, formerly of Jupiter, Florida, were sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in March to prison terms that together total more than eight years and fines that add up to more than $100,000. They illegally distributed ozone generators, devices that turn oxygen …

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FTC Identifies Top Bulk Email Scams

Email boxes are filling up with more offers for business opportunities than any other kind of unsolicited commercial email. That’s a problem, according to the Federal Trade Commission, because many of these offers are scams. In response to requests from consumers, the FTC asked email users to forward their unsolicited commercial email to the agency …

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