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Mining “FEDMINE” (exploring Pharmacogenomics, The Lewin Group, & HHS)

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Who, really, is Federal Gov’t?

(Knowing is not Optional– ask MaryAnne..)

Building a basic understanding, and something of a database of truth — is a survival skill.  I hope that before September is out, people take a hard look at reauthorizing WELFARE (which moves many of these funds) and understand that, whether it’s MITCH (God forbid)  or OBAMA (Lord help us), the rest of us have our hands full.  The USA may be (and is) the world’s largest contractor, and own the majority of the worlds infrastructure (did you know that?  Maybe next post), but individuals are basically unsafe in this country — from this “interlocking directorate” and criminal cartel. . . .  We are on borrowed time as individual — outclassed, outmaneuvered, technologically not up to speed, and being robbed — as well as drugged, incarcerated, shot (at times, some populations), and foreclosed (those who have homes)– and while it may be a great living contracting with USA, Inc., at some level it’s completely immoral.

It truly does not matter (if you watch TV) that Prince Harry was romping nude and was photographed at it.  How’s that a new practice by princes???  But what might matter seriously is if the world really is being run from about three cities (Washington, D.C. // London // the Vatican) and trafficking children, drugs (legal and illegal) and arms.

 

[An entire segment here (added later as I thought about it) has been removed to another blog, “AmericanAmnesia” aka”Who Bought My Kids?” (yellow background).  The segment began simply talking about the concept of Strategy — there is indeed a Strategy our US Gov’t has — and checking on Fedmine.com (and comparing it to known experiences in custody courts, or in short, a serious consideration of the economic system, and why most people don’t know how it really works) using a Biblical reference, because one thing the Bible can do is say complex things in basic terms.  And because the Greek involved communicated the concept that “strategy” comes from the word translated “warfare.”

I then to illustrate that, whether or not one believes in spirituality (or, evil per se), there is still this symbol and signpost to serious evil in the matter of The Franklin Coverup.  And in that Franklin (Credit Union, Nebraska) Coverup investigation, a U.S. Senator definitely exposed corruption of our primary institutions of government (the whole gamut).  AND, linked the abuse of children to drug trafficking,money laundering, and blackmailing of politicians.

So, in that light of MAJOR control systems, working together, I think whether one does or doesn’t believe in God or Satan, at this point, it is past time to understand that something very evil IS afoot and that this involves money, drugs, (access to children) and definitely — – Strategy.

It’s in this STRATEGY matter that we have to get a grip on the Pharmaceutical and Mental Health (i.e., psychological) industries’ connection to USA, Inc. — and whose side they really are NOT on, namely, the side of the poor.

 

I thought in yesterday’s “HHS” contracts, that The Lewin Group, which name I recognized, but hadn’t picked out as highly influential, was a moderate player. Now I’m not so sure, given what they do..


It has enabled the vast expansion of government contracting and businesses, and economic dominance of the planet.  Corporations are not only based on the internet, and connect through them, market through them, but when combined with the FORCE of government (economic, the power to imprison i.e., judges, police, and such) — a public that is completely unaware (or made docile, or warlike, according to the current religious sentiment — and now churches (so-called) are also internet-expanding and downloadable pdf-indoctrinated, too — survival (and helping one’s children) requires understanding (better) the direction of change; HOW THINGS WORK.
To understand the “Gestalt” of the times, it helps  to profile individuals, or individual companies (or, industries), esp from the 1900s, that have been placed in leadership & policy decisions leading up to the internet age, which was a quantum leap forward in ways we still don’t understand — and not just youtubes going viral.  

 

 

It is not important to know every single large company (obviously) but it’s good to understand the basic industries and perhaps how they developed.  Unless you LIKE being subject to sudden removal of one’s children, or job, or living forever in neighborhoods where police chase down suspects and execute them, and/or bystanders, sometimes getting “the wrong guy.”  Or dropping off your adolescent in a school where the teacher, not just the children, is bullying him, also a recent news item.

Or (not to EVER forget this one) — being a single mother, of color, facing down a home invasion SWAT team for failing to hand over your child when no one has a valid warrant — and the purpose of taking the child involved forcible Risperdal dosage (Detroit Area, Maryanne Godboldo) May 23, 2012 (AFTER the event, in which the community rallied), from “CCHR” (Citizens Commission on Human Rights):  [I researched many of the write-ups on this case; the same worker had pulled a similar stunt on an intact family the year before, was nailed for it, and pulled it on this woman the next year — as I recall. Tan-background = Godboldo case material]


 THIS WOMAN STOOD DOWN A SWAT TEAM — ALONE — AND WAS THEN FOUND GUILTY OF NEGLECT FOR NOT WANTING TO ADMINISTER RISPERDAL, AFTER ADVERSE REACTIONS AND MD BACKUP OF THE SAME, AND THE SWAT TEAM HAVING NO VALID WARRANT — BUT A RUBBERSTAMPED ONE… CPS + PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY + DETROIT + JUDGES WITH TIES TO SAME  = NEIGHBORHOOD NIGHTMARE.  THIS = USA.  FORD FOUNDATION (CITY, DETROIT) WAS FUNDING ONE OF THE CENTERS? HER DAUGHTER WAS HAULED OFF TO… this mom also had been homeschooling.  The father was not fighting her — the state was.  Welcome to America….

I knew the system was broken, but I didn’t know it was this broken, where anyone, literally anyone could come and take your child,” said Maryanne Godboldo, who’s 13-year-old daughter was taken temporarily by CPS last year.

Testimony under oath in the Godboldo case revealed that probation officers inside the court would routinely stamp Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Leslie Kim Smith’s name onto the removal orders.  By law, a judge must review the CPS workers allegations of abuse, and then sign the order.

After we reported on the rubber stamping that legal experts say is against the law – the court stopped doing it.  But we still asked the court and DHS to tell us how long it had been going on, and how many children were taken from their parents illegally.  Judge Smith was not interested in answering our questions.

“But it was your name on those removal orders – why was this allowed to happen in your court,” asked Catallo“I understand,” said Judge Smith. “Are you going to talk to us or not,” asked Catallo. “Have a good day,” said Judge Smith.


THEREFORE, KNOW THY NEIGHBORHOOD — AND WHO OWNS WHOM IN ITS CORPORATE / GOVT’/ NONPROFIT INSTITUTIONS.  And get a little history.  (Then share it with someone else who gives a damn.)

Control of Money, Drugs, and Children = Commerce.

To Control someone’s children is also to control their parents.

Construct at least a Basic Diagram — don’t stay in your own professional or social niche just because it’s more comfortable, if it is.

I know that my understanding of, for example, Nicholas Cummings and the Cummings foundation (connected to Kaiser, and helped promote the doctorate in psychology,mainstream mental health so psychologists would have an ongoing profession not restricted to, say, “psychoanalysis”) — was critical. Perhaps this group or what this group represents, also is.

When country is simply going fascist (as the USA is, or has already) — centralized — then individuals who are at the policy level (close to WDC seems to help) can steer a BIG piece of the ship. Sometimes I think about this, from some of the lower berths in that same ship. We are definitely shutting down and shuttingout too much of the country’s own talent (many are just warehoused in prisons or institutions), which doesn’t seem to be accidental.

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The Lewin Group evaluates and helps write reports, evidently. They stay close to HHS. Keep in mind (see last post) that they were “technically reporting” on fatherhood studies as early as August 1997 (with funding from HHS and the Ford Foundation, as headed by Ronald Mincy, Ph.D. (I think he was Ph.D. then, but is for sure now) who is now I think at Columbia. The report was to help portray it as a “science” which would then help attract funding. In general, that’s the name of the game. But there is a whole major difference between things so technical as pharmaceuticals, genomics, and what is basically a control (social) function of plain old “fatherhood,” which is simply an invented term, and one with major religious connotations, too.

The Lewin Group has been active in both fields, which lends those seeing it in the “fatherhood” rhetoric to credit it as respectable and technically oriented.  It may be — but it’s still a business — and running “evaluations” is a product.

I wanted to know if this Lawrence (“Larry”) Lewin had any relationship (as in father, son, etc.) to the famous Kurt Lewin (1890-1947), known for something entirely different. Maybe not — but that’s how I ran across a very nice obituary from someone who apparently spoke at his funeral. Dr. Robert Rubin, the eulogist said that HIS company, “ICF” merged with The Lewin Group in 1987 — so it’s a little smaller world than we realized. That speech is below, and I think the HHS connection and the speaker’s other connection are relevant. So here they come.

Basic morale is — this is really out of control. They are running these studies, the government is collecting (buying and selling off) American’s assets — which seems clear — and people are being KEPT in poverty through the family law courts (a.k.a. with help from the American Bar Association) so it’s going to two extremes.

SAMPLE STUDY BY THE LEWIN GROUP —

The fine print in a sample 2008 report here shows who has their fingers in this pie, just a reminder that as you sleep, Pgx (“Pharmacogenomics”) is an established field, paralleled perhaps by one of the giant fields of endeavor on the planet, “Pharmaceuticals.”  As technical as it is, and broad, there’s room at the top through the bottom for companies catering to the needs of the drug and human design industry.

With government in the business of running institutions of all kinds (engaging in war at any given point of time, which produces brain injury & other kinds, trauma, chemical poisoning, flashbacks, — and orphans, fatherless homes, etc.) and with this same government not being as much debt as it claims (See “CAFRs — their “debt” is what it is, but their collective cumulative worldwide holdings [called “investments” and/or “assets” which produce “profits”] are simply collectively NOT making Mainstream Media, regularly).  While the average person cannot keep up with this, it makes no sense not to be aware of the direction things are moving …   

By the end of this post I learned that a group “Quintiles Transnational” (has been gobbling up other groups, being itself (check facts, but as I recall) in the supportive business of running drug tests and evaluations for drug companies…It was either the largest or second largest in the world –and it’s NOT an old company.  Hello, internet….)


REALIZING THE POTENTIAL OF PHARMACOGENICS — OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGESReport of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society  (2008)  [[“SACGHS”]]

The report explores the potential for pharmacogenomics (PGx) to advance the development of diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive strategies to improve the safety, effectiveness, and quality of health care. It identifies untapped opportunities and critical barriers associated with PGx research and makes policy recommendations to enhance the development of PGx applications and their integration into clinical practice and public health.

SACGHS is grateful to the following individuals for sharing their knowledge and expertise on issues related to pharmacogenomics during the June and October 2005 SACGHS meetings: Wylie Burke, University of Washington (UW); Robert Davis, UW School of Public Health; Patricia Deverka, Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy; Felix Frueh, FDA; Muin Khoury, CDC; Walter Koch, Roche Molecular Systems; Eric Lai, GlaxoSmithKline; Rochelle Long, NIH; Thomas Metcalfe, F. Hoffmann-La Roche [Consider the company!!]]**; Kathryn Phillips, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); and Richard Weinshilboum, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

[[F. Hoffmann-LaRoche (swiss, global): “Founded in 1896 by Fritz Hoffmann-La Roche, the company was early on known for producing various vitaminpreparations and derivatives. In 1934, it became the first company to mass produce synthetic vitamin C, under the brand name Redoxon. In 1957 it introduced the class of tranquilizers known as benzodiazepines (with Valium andRohypnol being the best known members).]]

SACGHS appreciates the feedback received on an earlier draft of the report from key experts in the field, obtained through interviews with The Lewin Group: Alfred Berg, UW School of Medicine; Barbara Evans, Indiana University Center for Bioethics; Felix Frueh, FDA; Richard Justman, United Healthcare; Robert Kolodner, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; Mark McClellan, AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies; Joseph McInerney, National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics; Timothy O’Leary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Kathryn Phillips, UCSF; Mark Ratain, University of Chicago Hospitals; Laura Rodriguez, NIH; Allen Roses, GlaxoSmithKline; Scott Smith, AHRQ; Barry Straube, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and Patrick Terry, Genomic Health, Personalized Medicine Coalition, and PXE International. (=??)

The Committee also thanks all of the individuals and organizations that responded to the Committee’s request for public comments on an earlier draft of the report (see Appendix B for a list of public commenters). These comments greatly enhanced the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the report and the relevance of the recommendations.

The Committee is indebted to Cliff Goodman, Christel Villarivera, Erin Karnes, Lindsey Wu, Charlene Chen, Eric Faulkner, and Amanda Thomas o[[i.e. 7 people]] of The Lewin Group for their substantial research, analysis, and writing. SACGHS is also grateful to Sandra Howard and Theresa Lawrence of the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) for their support of the project and to ASPE for providing resources for the report’s development.


* * *1999 Side Comment (showing “scope” here) from Wikipedia on F Hoffman-La Roche.  Whistleblower on vitamin price-fixing  cartel (this company had 40% of market share) imprisoned, his wife commits suicide, on being released he flees… In 1999, Company pays US$ Fine $500 million; in 2001 (for same crime) 642 million (euros), and sells its vitamin business in 2002, moves on…The whistleblower’ 1984 book on this is Roche Versus Adams (London, 1984, ISBN 0-224-02180-X).”  Here’s the USDOJ announcement on it:

“This conspiracy has affected more than five billion dollars of commerce in products found in every American household,” said Joel I. Klein, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department’s Antitrust Division. “During the life of the conspiracy, virtually every American consumer paid artificially inflated prices for vitamins and vitamin enriched foods in order to feed the greed of these defendants and their co-conspirators who reaped hundreds of millions of dollars in additional revenues”


Where I’m coming from:  I’ve had ONE life here, and with another man produced two more lives called kids.  Today, I am at a quandary and a standstill specifically because — this is an  opinion — while growing up and working decades in this country, as did both my parents (one of them making substantial technology contributions to its present condition – -and did so with only a night degree obtained while working FT. ). . . . And yet I cannot get a simple task completed which is enough protection to work, safely, and not have kids disappear out of my life.  the WHY of that is very, very closely related to federal funding to the states, from the HHS (and some DOJ) — which is influencing the courts, of course — and as we now know, well blended into the recipe is corporate foundations and a mix of (alas) religion).

Sometimes I’ve been hungry when it makes absolutely no sense, whatsoever, for someone to be hungry — and that’s within the last few years.  A work life has been destroyed (needlessly) and this experience is actually COMMON — not unusual — to people who have simply been run through the chomping, grinding, spitting-out mechanism called the custody (or rather, “conciliation”) courts.  It was many years ago when I began seriously wonder, what country IS this — that these things could happen?  If a person is willing to peaceably live with her neighbors (with the acception of one that is habitually beating on her) AND capable of working and supporting children, alone, even — why is it so necessary to take that kind of person down through national policies?  In other words?

I have to reflect on what a COLOSSAL waste the public school educational system is — without exception.  People need to learn some basic skillsets, including math, literature (the habit of reading) and economics/history, law – and some good science, plus another language or so (assuming they weren’t born into some, or even so) — and with this some form of arts, sports, and all that.  This is a handful that these same schools can’t even DO consistently — not even the reading and math!  And yet centuries ago, it wasn’t that hard to get someone motivated to read, and with the opportunity to do so — to read.  As I look back (now there’s more back than ahead, barring some unusual longevity) and realized that I could’ve forgotten the majority of this and instead focused on how to make a living without working a job (which is what many parts of the country do — those parts that are running it!) — and spend the rest of the time keeping tabs on my local government and politician, plus making sure others also do.

The most valuable learning (other than the college stuff and professions, and then the “experience” of a violent marriage, which is apparently still pretty common in the land — happened since this family law fiasco.

ANYHOW — last post (listing and looking up some of the $156 million of contractors who got money — August 30, 2012 — from the US Government.  Of course, that money isn’t real money, it’s actual Debt-Notes, which Dollars are, anyhow — and there was a lot on this LEWIN Group formed in 1970.  They held dignify and rationalize the fatherhood moveoment, and have worked alongside AFCC, so they already had my attention.


As both Mr. Lewin (2012) and another person he worked closely with in starting his career? Mr. McInerny, have died in the 2000s, obituaries are out on both of them.  Walter J. McInenerny was very influential — and apparently worked with Mr. Lewin — in the development of Medicaid, and Medicare, the consolidation of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and much more.  I only know that from Mr. Lewin’s bio:

Remembering Larry Lewin: A Legacy Of Accomplishment And Mentorship


May 16th, 2012 

by Robert Rubin

On April 29, 2012, four days after his 74th birthday, Larry Lewin (pictured below) died from complications of an underlying cancer. The funeral was May 1 and his wife, Marion asked me to speak briefly about his professional life. What follows is adapted from those remarks. It will be obvious that anyone who knew Larry will be able to expand these remarks and add to the list of accomplishments that I have chosen to illustrate my points.
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Photo of Larry Lewin by Dennis Kan (click photo to enlarge)

In June 1970 Larry and some friends founded what would become The Lewin Group.

I’m going to focus on the time Larry and I were together. My company, ICF, merged with the Lewin Group on Veteran’s Day 1987, and 12 years later Larry “retired” from corporate life at Lewin. When Larry left The Lewin Group, it had grown from shared offices on Capitol Hill to a company with 5 offices in North America, 3 offices in Europe, an office in Israel and South Africa and 2 offices in Australia. The sun never set on Larry’s “empire”.

During our 12 years, although we didn’t own it, we sold the company twice, but even with 3 different corporate parents we always kept the independence and objectivity that were the hallmarks of who we were. Larry would say that “we’ll wash windows but we won’t take dictation”.

A Distinguished Career

Last August we celebrated Larry’s many professional accomplishments at The Lewin Group and elsewhere. It was a day that Washington will never forget — the earth literally shook. August 23 was the day an earthquake shook Washington, seriously damaging the Washington Monument and National Cathedral.

I could dwell at length on Larry’s accomplishments, but I will mention just a few of them:
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  • The Medicaid report. This was Larry’s first foray into health policy. He served as  Vice Chair of the McNerney Task Force on Medicaid during the Nixon administration. The Task Force produced a report for the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare calling for an overhaul of the federal-state division of costs and responsibilities for the Medicaid program.

[[VERY SIGNIFICANT.  I FOUND THERE’S ANOTHER MAJOR CHANGE AS OF 2011.  REPORT LINKED BELOW.  MCINERNY IS ANOTHER ONE TO KNOW ALSO]].

  • Helping merge major academic health centers. This was an activity Larry truly loved, convincing both sides that 1+1 really equaled 3. Probably the best known of these was the Beth Israel-New England Deaconess merger.
  • Providing strategic direction to all of the top five academic health centers in the US (some more than once). In addition to this, Larry provided what he called “executive coaching” to the leaders of several academic health centers.
  • Helping not-for-profit hospitals understand their responsibility to their communities and how to measure their success in meeting it. Indeed, one hospital association executive credits Larry with inventing a career, as today most tax-exempt hospitals have several people dedicated to the provision and reporting of community benefit.
  • Helping to reorganize several operating units of HHS.

{{not much detail — any detail — on that.  Wish Id’ been a fly on the wall for it.}}

  • And, of course, our non-partisan critique of the Clinton health care reform plan. This led theWall Street Journal to run a feature on us with a quote from a well-respected healthcare lobbyist that perhaps captures the essence of what we were. He said, “I don’t go anywhere in this town without being armed with a Lewin study. You can’t win without it.”

In the “post-Lewin Group era” Larry served as a Regent of the Uniformed Services medical school and participated in a study of military medicine and the treatment of our “wounded warriors”. Indeed, in August 2007 Larry made a “field trip” to Iraq for that study. He also continued his efforts at several not-for-profit organizations dedicated to improving the health of us all, and that’s just a partial list.

A Teacher And His Treasured Legacy Of Students

But as important as all of those things were, Larry’s real legacy and the thing he was most proud of were the people who worked at The Lewin Group: how they grew and what they became, whether at The Lewin Group or, more often, after they moved on. While he might not have been able to recall the details of all the studies I cited, he could easily remind me of all the weddings and children of Lewin Group “alumni.

After he left The Lewin Group, Larry and I regularly met, and I can’t remember a single time when the conversation didn’t turn to the accomplishments of one or another of our alumni. What I came to realize was that Larry’s true love was being a Rabbi (which really means teacher). Through The Lewin Group, Larry seeded the country with exceptional hospital administrators, health system executives, association leaders, and leaders of consulting companies (some of whom even competed against us). To listen to him talk about them and their accomplishments was to understand the pride and “nachas” (or joy) he felt about the new generation of health care leaders he helped nurture and teach.

That is why, although he is no longer with us in body; his wisdom will always be part of who we are.


. . .(a very nice tribute, too). Now, about the speaker and his compan(ies):

Bio for Robert Rubin

Dr. Robert J. Rubin is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and an independent healthcare consultant. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Dr. Rubin was president of The Lewin Group for 17 years. During that time, Dr. Rubin served as Medical Director for a pharmaceutical benefit management company (1992-1996) and Chair of the Board of a biotech start-up.

From 1981-1984, Dr. Rubin was the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation[[ASPE, a major OPDIV I think]] at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Reagan. In that capacity he was the chair of the task forces charged with the design, passage and implementation of Medicare’s Prospective Payment System as well as the primary policy advisor to the HHS secretary.

As a healthcare consultant, Dr. Rubin works extensively with pharmaceutical, medical device and biotech companies to develop strategic and marketing plans for new devices and drugs. He also works with physician groups and providers of nephrologic services. In addition, he has and continues to advise several government agencies on health care policy.

{{HE’S INTO PHARMACEUTICALS, IN OTHER WORDS INCLUDING HOW TO MARKET THEM. HE’D BE AT HOME WITH TMAPP, NO DOUBT…]]

Dr. Rubin is currently on the Board of Directors of 2 publicly traded health care companies; CardioNet, Inc, a cardiac monitoring company and Soligenix, Inc. a small biotech company.

{{None of this of course conflicts with his advising government agencies on health care policy}}

Dr. Rubin graduated from Williams College and received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College.

…..It says here Dr. Rubin consulted with “ICF” (see timeframe):

ROBERT RUBIN
Robert J. Rubin, M.D. is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University.  Dr. Rubin served as Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services in the early 1980s concurrent with his appointment as Assistant Surgeon General during the Reagan administration. In addition, he has served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control, and served as a consultant to the U.S. Senate for human resource issues.
After his career in public service, Dr. Rubin was a consultant with ICF and until 2001 served as president of the merged Lewin-ICF healthcare consulting firm and its successor organizations – Lewin-VHI and The Lewin Group.
A winner of the Bronze Medal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1983, he is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, and has held several clinical and academic appointments, including Assistant Dean for Government Affairs at Tufts University. He joined the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1981 as a visiting faculty member, later becoming a Clinical Professor in 1995.

Dr. Rubin earned his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in 1970.

this Profile from Forbes gives another timeline, and (at the link) his pay (including stock) from being on the board of two corps, CardioCare & Soligenix, just a FYI.

Profile

Dr. Rubin has been a member of our(WHOSE??)  Board of Directors since July 2007. He has been a clinical professor of medicine at Georgetown University since 1995. From 1987 to 2001, he was president of the Lewin Group (purchased by Quintiles Transnational Corp. in 1996),** a national health policy and management consulting firm.

From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Rubin served as Medical Director of ValueRx, a pharmaceutical benefits company.

From 1992 to 1996, he served as President of Lewin-VHI, a health care consulting company. From 1987 to 1992, he served as President of Lewin-ICF, a health care consulting company.

From 1984 to 1987, Dr. Rubin served as a principal for ICF, Inc., a health care consulting company. From 1981 to 1984, he served as the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services and as an Assistant Surgeon General in the United States Public Health Service. Dr. Rubin serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Soligenix, Inc. He is a board certified nephrologist and internist.

OK, we are smack in big Pharma, and companies are moving FAST.  Quintiles runs drug trials and reports to test new drugs, and is one of the largest and fastest-growing.  Some abstracts from LATimes articles on it (note dates)

BUSINESS
October 15, 2002 | Reuters
Quintiles Transnational Corp., which provides testing services to drug makers, said a group led by its chairman has offered to buy the company for $1.34 billion in cash. The bid of $11.25 a share represents a 35% premium on Quintiles’ closing stock price Friday, but analysts said it was too low and did not reflect the company’s long-term prospects. The offer came from a new company co-owned by Quintiles Chairman Dennis Gillings.
Read the next paragraph and watch what happened to the stock when Quintiles bought up Envoy:
BUSINESS
December 17, 1998 | Reuters  {{It had bought The Lewin Group in 1996}}
Quintiles Transnational Corp., the largest provider of drug trials and market research for drug makers, agreed to buy health-claims processor Envoy Corp. for $1.4 billion in stock. The acquisition is the third for Quintiles this week and left some investors wondering how it would combine claims processing with its main research business. Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based Quintiles shares fell $10.31, or 18%, to close at $44.88 on Nasdaq. Envoy shares jumped $8 to close at t$50.
BUSINESS
June 22, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Pharmaceutical Product to Buy Applied Bioscience: Wilmington, N.C.-based Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc. said it will pay as much as $467 million in stock to purchase Applied Bioscience International Inc., creating the world’s third-largest drug contract research company.
Pharmaceutical Product will be positioned behind Corning Inc. and Quintiles Transnational Corp. in the fast-growing business of conducting research for drug companies that are outsourcing to cut costs.
TO REITERATE — THIS BEARS THINKING ABOUT.   TODAY (SEPT 1, 2012 EDIT) FEDMINE.COM _- largest CONTRACTORS — I LOOKED AT ONES WITH LARGE YTD CONTRACTS FROM THE US GOVERNMENT:
TODAY’S TOP CONTRACT AWARDS BY CONTRACTOR  –  WITH HIGHEST AGGREGATE DOLLAR TOTALS AWARDED Total Companies : 2480
COMPANY NAME Dollars Obligated Aggregated, Actual Figures
POSTED TODAY  09/01/2012 YTD FOR CONTRACTOR
    608461898 – DYNCORP INTERNATIONAL LLC $ 12,928,192 $ 1,220,691,928

NAICS CODES Dollars Obligated Aggregated, Actual Figures
POSTED TODAY 09/01/2012 YTD FOR CONTRACTOR
   488190 – Other Support Activities for Air Transportation $ 12,928,192 $ 283,907,802
GRAND TOTAL
$ 12,928,192 $ 283,907,802
    121621346 – COINS ‘N THINGS, INC. $ 9,897,408 $ 1,260,058,158

NAICS CODES Dollars Obligated Aggregated, Actual Figures
POSTED TODAY 09/01/2012 YTD FOR CONTRACTOR
   423940 – Jewelry, Watch, Precious Stone, and Precious Metal Merchant Wholesalers $ 9,897,408 $ 1,260,058,158
GRAND TOTAL
$ 9,897,408 $ 1,260,058,158
Again, to date, this contractor has received over one TRILLION of business — in 2012, that is — with the US Government.  How is it that our broke country has one trillion to spend on things of actual value, while at the same time most of us know that Dollars basically have a far LESS stable value internationally, thanks to federal policy in the 1900s?
QUESTION:  IN 1933 OR SO, American citizens were forbidden to hoard gold — gold was stolen, by executive order, and put into the US Treasury (this is after the Federal Reserve was already in place) — and the price of Gold raised almost immediately — then the debasement of the currency continued.  People who cannot afford to INVEST in solid assets (such as Ms. Godboldo, above — or those whose mortgage foreclosures were unnecessary, or illegal) get to work (inbetween CPS visits or court custody hearings) for PAPER NOTES called DOLLARS.  Not so our own government:  “Coins ‘ N Thing.  Interesting.”
(Much earlier noticed this connection up in King County Washington with Justice Bobbe Bridge — she and her husband had a jewelry business.  It’s another story — but I found that unusual; she also brought in a powerful woman from Wisconsin, Susan Dreyfuss (married to another Judge?) in the Behavioral Health Sciences field, to head up DSHS in Washington.  Ms. Dreyfuss had worked in WI welfare reform back in the 1990s.  Look up tax return on Center for Youth Justice in WA state.  I may have blogged it here
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For new DSHS leader, grueling work, long-distance marriage ahead Politics
…is an energetic leader who will bring keen insight and creativity to the job,” former Washington stateSupreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge said in a news release after serving on a committee that helped Gregoire select Dreyfus. Her public…
4/1/2009 | seattletimes.com | find similar results

Two weeks ago, Susan Dreyfus, a health-care official in Wisconsin, said to her husband, “all you have to do is tell me no.” He declined.

And so Dreyfus, 51, pressed on, ultimately deciding to accept an offer to lead Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) — a decision that will entail not only a long-distance marriage, but a grueling few years of work.

Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Dreyfus’ appointment Tuesday, praising her “outstanding record of accomplishment, particularly in the areas of child-welfare and mental-health services.” Gregoire also noted that it’s “one of the most difficult jobs in state government.”

DSHS is the state’s largest agency, with a combined state and federal two-year budget of about $20 billion. The agency, which serves 2 million Washingtonians a year, runs programs for people who are aging, disabled, mentally ill, addicted to drugs or alcohol or in foster care, among other vulnerable populations. . . .

First on her agenda is to help find a new leader for the Children’s Administration, and “deal with the budget crisis,” she said. Dreyfus also plans to focus attention on health-care services.

Daughter-in-law of the late former Wisconsin Gov. Lee Dreyfus, she comes to the post with a mix of government and private-sector experience. Her purview, however, has been considerably smaller than the 20,000-employee DSHS.

Since 2007, Dreyfus has been executive vice president for strategy with Rogers Behavioral Health System, which employs 700 and serves 6,000 patients annually in the Milwaukee area. Rogers runs a hospital, a research and training center and a consulting service for hospitals.  [[! ! ! ]]

Before that, Dreyfus spent five years as senior vice president and chief operating officer of the National Alliance for Children and Families and of Families International, where she consulted with nonprofit human-service agencies across the country on a range of issues.

{{I looked this up earlier, part of why I am now, well, in shock….}}

Susan is an energetic leader who will bring keen insight and creativity to the job,” former Washington state Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge said in a news release after serving on a committee that helped Gregoire select Dreyfus. . . .Dreyfus will take the post, which pays $163,056, on May 18. (co. 2009 The Seattle Times Company, Miyoko Wolf contributed, Maureen O’Hagan (reporting).

….The retiring superwoman Judge (Justice Bobbe Bridge) then went to head up a nice nonprofit called “Center for Children & Youth Justice” which (on examination of its tax returns) simply happens to be a change-agent model for Washington State, and a local (state-based) means for various foundations (like the MacArthur foundation) to work their magic. I also blogged some of this over at Scranton Political Times earlier.. This is, literally, HOW things are set up.

(A search just now produced three links which tell the family story — fled Poland, changed name to Bridge, married the daughter of Silverman, who already had a jewelery store, very hard work, Naval officer, and when Silverman (elder) had to move to California for health, the (patriarch of the family) bought him out, and developed a chain of stores.   This couple (the Judge and her husband) have a fanstastic home, tickets to tour it being sold; and etc.  Obviously also very hard workers and good business sense, no question about that…. ))

  1. Certificates / Affiliations | Ben Bridge Jeweler

    www.benbridge.com/about-us/certificates-affiliations

    Ben Bridge Jeweler also donated diamond jewelry as prizes. We are very proud of Jon and Bobbe. Member Spotlight: Ben Bridge Jeweler: A jewel of a family 

  2. Zen With Dash – The Seattle Times: Pacific Northwest Magazine

    seattletimes.nwsource.com/pacificnw/2004/1114/living.html

    Nov 14, 2004 – The Bridge home is one of six featured in the Magnolia Holiday Tour of  Bobbe Bridge and her husband, Jon Bridge of Ben Bridge Jeweler.

  3. Bridge, Herbert “Herb” Marvin (b. 1925) – HistoryLink.org- the Free 

    May 7, 2005 – Ben Bridge was 10 when he arrived in the United States from Poland with his  watchmaker, jeweler, and optician,” according to Herb Bridge…. and Jon’s wife, Bobbe, a state Supreme Court associate justice, was active in …  [[VERY interesting story.  Great-uncle arrived here fleeing pograms as of ca. 1880s,  then his father, then “Ben” Bridge  @ age 10w/mother and brothers ca. 1906; served in WWI, etc.  Justice Bobbe Bridge, ergo, married into this family line..  Like many judges or others in government, she is going to also head up some nonprofit before retiring]]

Center for Children & Youth Justice | The Shape of Things to Come
http://www.ccyj.org/Congratulations to CCYJ Founding President and CEO Bobbe Bridge, who was named by the Seattle Storm as a Woman of Influence and as the recipient of the …

Models for Change
Washington is one of four states participating in the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur…


SANOFI PASTEUR:

    086723285 – SANOFI PASTEUR INC. $ 2,192,000 $ 830,803,222

NAICS CODES Dollars Obligated Aggregated, Actual Figures
POSTED TODAY 09/01/2012 YTD FOR CONTRACTOR
   325414 – Biological Product (except Diagnostic) Manufacturing $ 2,192,000 $ 277,500,391
GRAND TOTAL
$ 2,192,000 $ 277,500,391

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, is the largest company in the world devoted entirely to human vaccines. Our driving goal is to protect people from infectious diseases by creating safe and effective vaccines.

Our company offers the broadest range of vaccines in the world, providing protection against 20 bacterial and viral diseases. We distribute more than 1 billion doses of vaccine each year, making it possible to vaccinate more than 500 million people across the globe.

…Mentioned in the PHarmacogenics (Pgx) report above, a participant from this company was here.  Like many large companies, they get lawsuits for damages based on their products — this was a big one.  However, they are still getting government contracts.  Business is Business:

    167380711 – GLAXOSMITHKLINE LLC $ 1,544,016 $ 357,730,432

NAICS CODES Dollars Obligated Aggregated, Actual Figures
POSTED TODAY 09/01/2012 YTD FOR CONTRACTOR
   325414 – Biological Product (except Diagnostic) Manufacturing $ 1,544,016 $ 40,185,605
GRAND TOTAL
$ 1,544,016 $ 40,185,605

 

Interesting — these settlements I guess are in PART where our gov’t also gets its money from.  Notice the date — like, this past summer…Guess what THIS one was about, in part — for five years (1998-2003) promoting PAXIL as an antidepressant for minors (i.e., pediatric use), despite no FDA approval for this..”

“The United States further alleges that GSK sponsored dinner programs, lunch programs, spa programs and similar activities to promote the use of Paxil in children and adolescents.   GSK paid a speaker to talk to an audience of doctors and paid for the meal or spa treatment for the doctors who attended. Since 2004, Paxil, like other antidepressants, included on its label a “black box warning” stating that antidepressants may increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior in short-term studies in patients under age 18

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/July/12-civ-842.html

Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 2, 2012
GlaxoSmithKline to Plead Guilty and Pay $3 Billion to Resolve Fraud Allegations and Failure to Report Safety Data
Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement in U.S. History

Global health care giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC (GSK) agreed to plead guilty and to pay $3 billion to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company’s unlawful promotion of certain prescription drugs, its failure to report certain safety data, and its civil liability for alleged false price reporting practices, the Justice Department announced today.   The resolution is the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history and the largest payment ever by a drug company.

GSK agreed to plead guilty to a three-count criminal information, including two counts of introducing misbranded drugs, Paxil and Wellbutrin, into interstate commerce and one count of failing to report safety data about the drug Avandia to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   Under the terms of the plea agreement, GSK will pay a total of $1 billion, including a criminal fine of $956,814,400 and forfeiture in the amount of $43,185,600.   The criminal plea agreement also includes certain non-monetary compliance commitments and certifications by GSK’s U.S. president and board of directors.  GSK’s guilty plea and sentence is not final until accepted by the U.S. District Court.

GSK will also pay $2 billion to resolve its civil liabilities with the federal government under the False Claims Act, as well as the states.   The civil settlement resolves claims relating to Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia, as well as additional drugs, and also resolves pricing fraud allegations.

….

Written by Let's Get Honest

August 31, 2012 at 6:31 pm

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  1. The government should think carefully about the laws that they pass. They should weigh the pros and cons of their actions.

    chris

    September 2, 2012 at 6:48 am


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